Only 24 Hesperia Unified teachers will be receiving pink slips this week.


On Monday, the school board approved a list of 42 potential cuts for the 2011-2012 school year. But on Wednesday, Superintendent Mark McKinney, who runs the Victor Valley's single largest employer, said that some of those cuts won't be happening.


"We [voted to] notice 42," he said. "Actual notification will go back to 24."


The difference is mostly due to rising enrollment in the district. Seventeen of the approved cuts are expected to be required in the next school year, and the HUSD has already budgeted for their salaries and benefits.


As of Feb. 22, the HUSD teaches 21,481 students. It is the largest school district in the Victor Valley.


"We've [also] lost some teachers through attrition that would have gotten notices," said McKinney.


Eighty-eight percent of the district's $138 million budget for the 2011-2012 school year is salary and benefits. More than 70 percent of that goes to teachers.


State law prohibits laying off teachers after March 15 of the year before the next school year. Other categories of employees, other than teachers, only have to be told 45 days before the start of the new school year that their services will not be required.


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