Capo IDs 374 Pink-Slipped Teachers

If enforced, the layoffs would affect art, music and the Two Way Spanish immersion program.

Students may face larger class sizes and lose some electives if the makes good on the layoff notices it sent last month to 374 teachers.

To “maximize flexibility” in a down economy, school districts need to notify by March 15 any teachers who may be let go in the coming school year. On March 1, those letters went out to 374 CUSD teachers, ranging from longtime art teachers to band directors to special education instructors.

The school district estimates it will have to . Bill Habermehl, superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education, said his department was requiring districts to plan for the very worst.

“It would be irresponsible of me to tell them to budget on the assumption that No. 1, the economy of California will get better, and No. 2, will pass. That would be speculation at best,” Habermehl said.

Although at least two tax initiatives promising money for schools are headed for the November ballot, school districts must pass their budgets by June 30.

“The only way for some of the school districts to balance their budgets is to put those pink slips on the line,” he added.

With no miracle expected from Sacramento, according to Habernehl, the stakes are high. In Capistrano Unified, here’s how the 374 teacher layoffs break out:

  • 14 tenured teachers, including all of the fine arts instructors at the district’s high schools who teach drawing and painting
  • 188 teachers are on temporary, year-to-year contracts; some of them have been working under such a contract since 2007
  • 172 were permanent or on probationary status at some earlier point, let go, then rehired as temporary teachers;  some of these teachers started with the district as early as 2001

“The services you are currently performing will not be required for the ensuing 2012-2013 school year," the various letters sent to the three types of teachers stated. See attached PDF.

Of these teachers, 24 are music teachers. Twenty-eight have special certification that allows them to teach dual immersion classes. Should all the layoffs go through, they put the into jeopardy at , with 14 teachers pink-slipped, and at , which is only in its second year of the program.

In addition, 60 special education teachers received layoff notices, as did 10 psychologists, seven counselors and two nurses.

Patch posed detailed questions about programming changes the layoffs may require to Marcus Walton, the district’s chief communications officer, but he did not respond.

Habermehl said with such draconian cuts, there’s nothing to do except get back to the basics.

“You have to figure out why are we here. The 3 ‘Rs’ -- reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic,” said Habermehl, who laments the potential loss of electives and advanced classes.

“It not only hurts you immediately, but it hurts you down the road,” he said, referring to imaginations that won’t get sparked, career paths that won’t be pursued.

Fewer teachers mean larger class sizes. The Board of Trustees has scheduled a public hearing at its April 25 meeting to increase class sizes in kindergarten through third grade.

The notice does not go into any detail, indicated kindergarten classes could grow by two students, from 31 to 33, and grades 1-3 could grow by one student, from 30 to 31.

Because class sizes are already set at the maximum level allowed by state law, the district must apply for a waiver from the state Board of Education to exceed those upper limits.

The number of teachers receiving pinks slips has steadily crept higher each year. Last year, the district sent out notices to teachers who filled the equivalent of . In 2010, that number was 322, according to the Orange County Register.

Three years ago, facing a $25-million shortfall, the district notified 262 teachers they may not have their job, the Register reported. Back then, 500 people jammed the trustees’ chambers to protest the possible cutbacks. In 2008, parents signed petitions and wore black in protest.

This year, there was little comment and a near-empty hearing room.

The school district also offered this year to take the district up on the deal. Interestingly, four teachers on the layoff lists are also on the golden parachute list.

Below is a chart of those teachers who work at multiple sites. The six Patches that have areas served by Capistrano Unified are publishing the details on layoffs in their cities. Click below to see each area’s list of pink-slipped teachers.

    District Headquarters   
Name  Year  Hired  Status Position  Notes Kerry Reid  1997  Permanent 

Director Pupil Services

  Nina Glassen   2010  Temporary Teacher on Special Assignment  Multiple Sites Gayle Bentley  2010  Rehired/temp Music teacher Joanna Bowden   2009  Temporary Psychologist Megan Campbell   2011  Temporary Psychologist Chadwick Cunningham   2005  Rehired/temp Music teacher Melissa Clark   2009  Temporary Psychologist Erin Collins   2010  Temporary Psychologist Julie Curley   2010  Temporary Special Education Adaptive PE Terri Douglas   2007  Rehired/temp Nurse Shawna Ellis   2004  Rehired/temp Music teacher Alyson Fagioli   2010  Temporary Psychologist Jennifer Feeser   2011  Temporary Psychologist Diane Geller   2007  Rehired/temp Music teacher Susan Gerling   2005  Rehired/temp Music teacher Erin Glidden   2009  Temporary Psychologist Kristian Gonzalez   2009  Temporary Psychologist  Carly Hancock   2007  Rehired/temp Music teacher Lauren Harvey   2012  Temporary Music teacher Andrea Howard   2006  Rehired/temp Music teacher Tina Huynh   2007  Rehired/temp Music teacher Amelia Koskella   2009  Temporary Psychologist Dina Lachemann   2011  Temporary Special Education Adaptive PE Jeffrey Long   2011  Temporary  Music teacher Nathan O’Leary   2010  Temporary Psychologist  Ann Roche   2007  Rehired/temp Nurse Cheryl Sampson   2011  Temporary Special Education Lana Selecman   2011  Temporary Speech Pathologist Ashley Talbert   2006  Rehired/temp Counselor Julie Tayne   2011  Temporary Special Education Special Education Services Amy Butier   2011  Temporary Special Education Mild/Mod Damon Garner   2010  Temporary Alternative Instructor

Fresh Start

Melissa Quarcini  2010  Temporary Special Education Mod/Severe Julie Taylor   2010  Temporary Special Education Adult Transition


SMT May 01, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Having a Union to defend YOU against a Publicly administered entity like Public schools, or any other Publicly funded enterprise is ridiculous, you are already protected just like the rest of us, if you are not treated fairly then VOTE the people out of office. The Union is nothing more than a self serving drain on public education and responsible for propping up an unsustainable retirement program for the last 45 years, and it will soon come crashing down. The money is gone. Spent by the earlier participants in the pyramid.
Hannah July 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM
The wouldn't close San Juan because San Clemente and Dana Hills can't hold all of the students
Capo Parent July 23, 2012 at 03:18 PM
It's a very simple and easy way to increase the HS graduation rate since the old fashion way of teaching, testing and holding students accountable isn't working.
Capo Parent July 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Who are you and why are you using my moniker. Penny, what's the deal?
Penny Arévalo July 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The same name can be used over and over again. It's a fluke of the system I hope they correct. We at one point had several Capo Moms (or was it OC Moms?). I think maybe one was intentional. If you suspect someone is posting as you, or just coincidentally has the same name, you can either post, and say, "Nice name, fella!" or ask me to confirm, and I'd be happy to double check and report back.


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