Employee layoffs appear to be looming on the horizon for Madera Unified due to the state’s “crisis budget” proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the “Catch 22” budget process under which school districts must operate.
According to Kelly Porterfield, associate superintendent for business and operations, Madera Unified is being forced to cut its budget for the 2012-2013 school year by more than $7 million, and those reductions will have to be put into motion by March 15 with pink slips going out to teachers. State law requires that certificated school employees be given preliminary layoff notices by that date.
Non-teaching employees must receive a 45-day notice before they can be laid off.
In a report to the MUSD school board on Tuesday, Porterfield pointed out that the timelines governing local and state budgets are so incongruous that school districts must build their budgets without knowing how much money they will receive from the state or when they will receive it...