Increasing enrollment and federal stimulus funds translated to 38 teachers who had previously been laid off by the Hesperia Unified School District getting their jobs back.

The HUSD school board approved the re-hires at their Tuesday meeting.

In February, the board voted to lay off voted to lay off 27 non-teacher staff, 183 teachers and 17 principals and district office managers, in response to the state's budget deficit. (The HUSD receives more than 70 percent of its revenue from the state.) As the year went on, a number of teachers given pink slips have received their jobs back, due to some funding being restored by the state and by stretching assistant principal positions between multiple elementary schools.

When the 2009-2010 school year began, the HUSD found itself needing more teachers than expected.

"As of last Monday, the 31st of August, we were over 1,000 students above projections," Superintendent Mark McKinney said Thursday. "The year before, we did zero growth, and we actually declined for the first time in our history."

The HUSD is currently teaching 21,272, according to a document prepared for the school board meeting. District employees had had expected 20,157 students to show up for school this year. Public school districts funding is based on average daily attendance, so an additional 1,115 students means more revenue for the HUSD.

"Based on that, the board accepted a recommendation to hire back 22 elementary teachers" who had previously been laid off, said McKinney.

"In addition to that, [using] the federal stimulus dollars, the board approved 15 one-year certificated teaching positions. That's using the federal stimulus dollars that I could not use anywhere else," McKinney said. The teachers will work with small groups of students who are struggling with their coursework.

And there may be more re-hires to come next month, if middle school and high school enrollment figures remain high.

"We added one secondary [teacher] right now, but I've got another eight teachers [working] temporary, but they're working in long-term positions," McKinney said. "In October, we'll decide whether to make the positions permanent."

The next regular meeting of the HUSD school board will be held on October 5 at 6 p.m. in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.

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