Paso Robles teachers’ paychecks slashed
March 23, 2012
Teachers in the Paso Robles School District will absorb a big paycheck hit this summer after agreeing to help balance the district’s stressed budget.
Teachers’ union president Jim Lynette said a cut of 9.72 percent over the next two years will help schools continue to operate through 2014. Individual teachers will give up several thousand dollars from their last three paychecks of the school year.
“The coming months will be extremely difficult for our membership and their families,” Lynett said. “This year’s pay cut is retroactive to the beginning of the school year.”
Each teacher will lose $750 to $900 from their last three checks, he said.
No administrative positions are to be cut, according to current plans, but teachers’ ranks will shrink by nearly 20 percent. Lynett said 33 district teachers have been laid off, and 28 full or part time temporary positions have been eliminated.
A budget shortage of $1.59 million created the emergency, according to district officials, and it came as a surprise after the unveiling of the district’s current $55 million spending plan.
“I don;t get it,” said Paso Robles High School history teacher Robert Skinner. “They (administrators) almost drive the district into bankruptcy, yet teachers get the layoff notices.”