After Tuesday night's meeting, fewer Hesperia Unified employees will be able to retire and collect large checks for unused vacation time.


The school board will be voting on a proposed cap on how much vacation time management employees can accumulate.


"Yes, some employees have very large vacation balances, which is one of the reasons for the proposed changes to the policy," said Laura Carevic, the district's director of fiscal services. "The district liability for accrued vacation has continued to grow over the past several years. This has created a need for the district to adjust its policy to reduce this."


The proposed revised policy would limit affected employees to carrying 44 days of vacation time, and excess will have to be used up by July 1, 2012.


If approved, the change won't quite put all employees on equal footing, however. Teachers and non-teacher school staff have different vacation accrual rules under California's education code.


"However, all classified management will be equal and all certificated management will be equal based on the proposed policy," Carevic said.


The issue is up for a vote Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.