Layoffs planned at Oakland schools, employees to be notified in March

OAKLAND (BCN) Officials with the Oakland Unified School District are planning layoffs following a decision Monday to cut millions from the district's budget, a district spokesman said Friday.

Members of the board of education voted 4-3 Monday to cut $21.75 million from the fiscal 2019-20 budget to fulfill a new contract agreement to pay teachers more, spokesman John Sasaki said. 

"That will mean some layoffs," he said.

The district is looking for money to make up the shortfall, but Friday, district officials were planning to lay off more than 100 employees, Sasaki said.

The actual number is unclear because the official figure is 112 full-time equivalent positions. The loss of one full-time equivalent position may mean the loss of two part-time employees. 

The move comes following a weeklong strike by teachers who will receive an 11 percent raise over three years and a one-time bonus of 3 percent in the new agreement. 

Sasaki said district officials have to provide a notice in March to those who are being laid off. The layoffs will be effective at the end of the school year.