OUSD Layoff Total Drops To 60

By Linda Harmon

Once again the budget crisis dominated Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ojai Unified School District board. Before a sparse audience, Superintendent Tim Baird outlined where the budget stands this week, what actions they needed to consider, and what next actions they needed to take. Or, as Baird termed it while making a stab at levity, “The budget package du jour.”Baird did have some good news in spite of cuts. He said that the district can be proud that the state WASC accreditation inspection of Nordhoff went well, and added, “Based on comments I received the inspectors were very impressed with Nordhoff.”  Baird also cushioned the dismal impact of the night by announcing they have already rescinded some layoff notices, leaving the number of people still affected down to 60 from the previous number of 74.  “Over 26,000 California teachers got notices in the last two weeks,” said Baird, wading into the complicated budget discussions. “I think we need to focus on

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