Do not be lulled into the mistaken idea that schools have been protected from cuts by the state budget solutions adopted last month.
The board voted to lay off about 100 workers to close its 2020-21 budget deficit, may consider eliminating its police force in the future.
Teachers to receive layoff notices next week, but district hopes to rescind many by negotiating other cost-cutting solutions with unions.
West Contra Costa Unified is eyeing to cut $32 million from next year's budget including teaching jobs. Layoff notices will go out by March 15.
The school board has agreed it must cut about $21.5 million from next year's budget but is now getting proposals on where to make those cuts
West Contra Costa school board on Wednesday to begin reviewing suggestions for nearly $50 million in cuts over two years to balance budget.
Cutting nearly $40 million in West Contra Costa Unified triggers layoff worries, stirs distrust and puts superintendent’s job in jeopardy.
West Contra Costa Unified school board agrees to keep superintendent at the helm while searching for ways to bridge $48 million budget gap.
A $48 million budget deficit is threatening the job of Superintendent Matthew Duffy. A special school board meeting on Friday is expected to focus on possible termination of his contract.
Bay Area district saved some tutor positions at reduced hours after critics said eliminating the positions would hurt the neediest students.
Like Oakland Unified, West Contra Costa faces budget deficits and sought help from its county office of education.
Board members also wonder whether voters would approve new tax measures next year, after grand jury report blasts district for fiscal mismanagement.
Board member Jody London said the district could not give teachers the raises it agreed to in settling the recent strike without making the cuts.
Students and advocates are loudly protesting a plan to significantly cut staff from the popular initiative, which emphasizes alternatives to punitive discipline approaches like suspension and expulsion.
District is surveying community and board plans to hear feedback from public on proposed budget cuts at meeting next month.