The Piedmont school board will announce teacher layoffs at its meeting on Wednesday.

By law, the district must notify teachers of impending layoffs by March 15. Several factors will determine the depth of cuts including attrition, the new teachers' contract and the state of the district's interim budget.

The board also will vote on the collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Piedmont Teachers. The teachers voted Feb. 25 for a contract that would extend through 2014.

The highlights of that contract were released Tuesday. The teachers agreed to five furlough days per year for 2011-2014. If the student level of funding is reduced by the state by $200 on or before Aug. 15, the teachers have agreed to a pay cut of 1.5 percent for the 2011-12 school year.

Teachers' medical and dental benefits will be "capped" as of July 1 to $6,500 for individual or $13,000 for employee plus one. Retirees age 55 or older with 10 or more years of service will receive medical/dental benefits until Medicare eligibility age.

The district was asking for some concessions from the teachers over their health and welfare and other benefits to preserve jobs and help the district stay in the black. The district is facing a $1.4 million deficit this fiscal year mostly due to continuing cutbacks in state funding. The district has lost $4.5 million in revenue over the past three years because of statewide cuts to education.

The district is looking to save $300,000 to $500,000 with proposed reductions.


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The board held a special public meeting Thursday to review the terms of the new contract and the proposed cuts to personnel. Those cuts include .8 positions in English, .6 in math and music, .8 in administrative services and .6 in counseling.

The school board voted unanimously, with trustee Rick Raushenbush absent, to pass a resolution in support of a revenue extension measure on the state ballot, possibly in June.

The ballot measure would extend temporary revenues and help prevent further cuts in schools. Without its passage, school funding statewide would fall by $2 billion, according to the state's legislative analyst.

Good news came with a report by program manager David Burke that $209,216 was returned to the program contingency fund for seismic repairs to Piedmont's schools.

The completion of Ellen Driscoll Theater repairs netted $75,162 back to the contingency fund, while $155,794 came in credits from Piedmont High repairs.

The total anticipated funding for seismic repairs is $72.8 million. That includes $56 million in local bonds, $1.2 million from the city of Piedmont, $100,000 in donations and about $15 million of state money.

The Piedmont Education Foundation also announced it would grant $168,769 from its endowment fund to the schools for this school year.