Forty-two Hesperia Unified teachers will be receiving pink slips in the coming weeks.


The HUSD school board voted 3-2 on Monday to potentially lay off the teachers. Under state law, school districts must notify teachers by March 15 if their services might not be required in the next school year.


"I am not in favor of cutting one human being's job. That's it," said board member Anthony Riley, who voted against the cuts, along with fellow board member Hardy Black. "There is too much waste in this district."


Although Gov. Jerry Brown has said he does not intend to cut education spending in the current budget, that's based on taxpayers approving extensions of expiring taxes, which legislators have so-far been hesitant about even placing on the ballot. If the tax extensions don't happen, the HUSD is estimating they'll need to cut $7 million in revenue.


Employee salaries make up the vast majority of non-restricted funds available to the district (as opposed to funds that can only be spent on building construction and maintenance, for instance), and teacher salaries and benefits make up the lion's share of that.


Other cuts are being made based on expected enrollment levels dropping at some locations in the district.


The board voted to cut 27 elementary teachers, 10 secondary teachers and five from pupil personnel services.


The elementary cuts include 17 classroom teachers, nine intervention teachers whose salaries had been paid for by federal Title I funding that the district won't receive next year and a data analysis teacher whose salary was also paid under Title I funding.


The secondary cuts include a middle school math and science teacher, a middle school English teacher, a middle school math teacher, a middle school social science teacher, a middle school choir and music appreciation teacher, a middle school physical education teacher, a middle school home economics teacher, a high school work experience teacher and two high school night program teachers.


The pupil personnel cuts include a high school athletic director and four counselors.


These are unlikely to be all of the pink slips going out this year: Non-teaching employees only have to be given a 45-day notice before the beginning of the next school year if their services will not be needed.


In theory, if the economy improves or expected enrollment shoots up, some or all of these cuts could be rolled back in the coming months: Although the law prevents districts from laying off teachers after March 15, they're free to hire new ones at any time.


"None of us want to cut any of these programs," board member Eric Swanson said Monday night. "Now we have to get down to work and figure out how to save them."


The district did not have a number available Monday night as to exactly how much money the cuts would save.


The next regular meeting of the HUSD school board will be held on March 28 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.