The layoffs were part of about $20 million in budget reductions, which teachers, students and parents pleaded be reconsidered.
However, the outpouring of emotion was absent Thursday when board members authorized temporary layoff notices for just three employees. The district also has an estimated $15 million surplus and a projected $24 million surplus for the 2014-15 school year.
"This is a huge difference from years past," said Justine Cunningham, president of the Associated Chino Teachers. "We are hopeful though that re-employment will happen."
By law, school districts must send preliminary layoff notices by March 15 to certificated employees - teachers, counselors, nurses and other certificated personnel - informing them they may not have a job in the fall.
Chino Valley Unified board members unanimously approved the issuing of the layoff notices to a health services counselor as well as two high school teachers.
School officials said funding for the health services counselor will be eliminated at the end of the school year and the other two positions are being cut to make room for other subjects to be taught.
"The positions remain on the campuses but the school will be using those positions for another subject matter," Chino Valley Unified spokeswoman Julie Gobin said.
"Elective classes are based on student interest, which changes from time to time so if there is a decline in enrollment, the school considers that and makes adjustments accordingly."
Gobin said the district is benefiting from an improved state budget.
"It was evident that the district is experiencing a reprieve from the state's budget turbulence and subsequent fallout for education funding by the agenda item containing single digit preliminary notice of layoff for certificated staff compared to much higher numbers over the past several years," Chino Valley Unified spokeswoman Julie Gobin said.
"However, caution remains the catch phrase as the second interim budget is being prepared."
The board in a 4-1 vote also approved releasing temporary certificated employees, who are usually teachers who work on a one-year contract with an expiration date of June 30, 2013. At this time, 48 certificated employees are on a temporary contract and will receive a notice of release. The total could be different when the final notices go out in May, Gobin said.
Board member James Na voted against reduction.
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