The Oakland Board of Education has approved the layoff of 55 classified workers – nonteaching employees – whose jobs will be eliminated at the end of the school year in June.
About 40 individuals whose positions are paid out of the central office budget, and about 15 school site positions will be cut.
The layoffs were approved at April 11 school board meeting.
Affected employees at school sites include library workers, administrative assistants, clerk typists, bilingual community assistants and case managers.
Laid-off central office employees include workers in the legal office, restorative justice facilitators and directors, assistant directors, program managers and coordinators in the Charter School Office, Trade and Apprentice Engagement, Translation Services and Post Secondary Readiness.
“All people who work for the district work in support of our students and families. Anytime we lose anyone through layoffs or otherwise, it is going to be a loss that we all feel,” said Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell.
“Oftentimes, the elimination of one job can cause a ripple effect because of seniority-based bumping that can affect more than one staff member at more than location. However, because of the current tight financial circumstances the district is facing, some changes must be made. Of course, job eliminations will not solve the problem alone, but at this stage, all cost savings will help us meet our goals.”