Monday morning, the teacher layoffs will likely become final.

On February 23, the Hesperia Unified School District school board voted to lay off 181.5 full-time-equivalent employee positions -- three of those being part-time positions -- or a total of 185 teachers not coming back for the 2009-2010 school year. (A subsequent agreement ended up rescuing 76 of those jobs, should state monies to the district not further decline.) The teachers losing their jobs requested an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge, asking him to determine if cause existed to lay them off.

On Monday morning at 10 a.m., the board will vote on whether to accept the April 28th determination by Administrative Law Judge Roy W. Hewitt.

For the most part, Hewitt approved the board's decision.

"The district's recommendation and the board's decision to reduce or discontinue the services [of the teachers] were neither arbitrary nor capricious," his decision reads in part. "Rather, the recommendation and decision were based on the projected $12-$14 million dollar budget deficit. Thus the board's decision represents a proper exercise of its discretion."

But one teacher did have her job saved by the process: The HUSD withdrew its layoff of Cottonwood Elementary School teacher Kerrie Lewis, who had worked more than 76 percent of the year as a substitute teacher, pushing her into a higher category of seniority. Seniority was one of the criteria used to determine who would receive the notices, and who would not. The savings created by letting her go will be covered instead by savings created by other teachers retiring, according to the district.

The special meeting of the HUSD school board will be held on Monday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.