By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
Tuesday’s board meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District included actions that allowed for the possible dismissal of instructional aides and advance the sale of bonds for campus construction and repair.
Due to the statewide economic hardships that have become very much a reality for those in education, the school board had to look at reducing employee numbers for the upcoming school year.
In this case the positions of 385 instructional aides were moved to be potentially eliminated for the 2010-2011 school year. The state education code requires that those who are to be eliminated are given 45 days prior notice.
Superintendent Laura Schwalm said that there had been a meeting for all the instructional aides to brief them of what may be in store for them.
“They were gracious and asked that I pass on to the board that this action has happened in other districts years ago,” said Schwalm.
Schwalm also said that the aides were grateful and appreciative of the efforts that were made on their behalf to maintain them this long.
Measure A, the GGUSD school improvements bond, made some headway on Tuesday, with an approval of a resolution that will allow the district to begin to issue bonds.
On June 8, voters passed a $250 million bond for the improvement and updating of facilities in the district.
Currently, the next move is to secure the interests ratings on the bond money to be issued. The move on Tuesday allowed for no more than 134 million to be issued in order to start the process.
After interests ratings are secured on Sept. 14, the sales of bonds to investors will begin from Sept. 23 to Oct. 7. After that point the district will receive the proceeds from the bond and can begin the process to move towards facilities work.