Nine more Hesperia Unified School District employees are likely to be laid off at Monday's meeting of the Hesperia Unified School District school board.


The board will be voting on a measure to eliminate 10 to 12 workdays from the work schedule of 940 classified (non-teacher, non-management staff) employees and completely eliminate the positions of nine others.


The positions slated to be eliminated include two guidance and counseling clerical assistants, three bilingual teachers assistants for the First Five preschool program, three First Five preschool instructors and a senior clerk-typist for the First Five preschool program.


The layoffs are the third set of three waves of layoffs by the HUSD, the Victor Valley's single largest employer. In February, the board voted to give pink slips to 94 teachers, and in March, the board voted to lay off two counselors. The HUSD is facing a $13 million budget deficit in the coming school year, and is dividing the budget cuts proportionally among each category of employees: Teachers, non-teaching staff, and management and district office personnel.


The cuts will save the district $2.9 million.


The district is continuing to negotiate with the two unions that represent 90 percent of HUSD employees, in an attempt to come up with ways to trim the budget so that pink slips already approved, and those expected to be approved in Monday's meeting, will not end up going into effect.


(Monday's meeting will take place after the April 6 issue of the Hesperia Star goes to press. For the latest news on what occurred at the meeting, visit HesperiaStar.com.)


The next regular meeting of the HUSD school board will be held on May 3 at 6 p.m. in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star