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Ojai school district approves draft plan to close 2 schools, lay off staff

Ojai Unified School District approved a draft of a plan to close two schools in the district and lay off more than a dozen employees in an effort to save about $3.8 million, the Ventura County Star reported.

The move comes after Ventura County’s superintendent, César Morales, ordered the district to make cuts following an analysis that showed it would “deplete all cash” by 2024, according to the Star. The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, a state-funded agency that provides financial oversight of K-12 and community college districts, also said in a report earlier this month that the district is at a high risk of financial insolvency.

“Addressing the structural deficit is a step in the right direction,” Superintendent Tiffany Morse told the Star. She added that her office will finalize the details of the cuts by March 15, the deadline for notifying employees it plans to lay off at the end of the school year.