District has already cut many teaching jobs

Taft Union High School has already laid off teachers and eliminated other positions through early retirement incentives, and classified employees are getting early retirement offers, too.

The TUHSD Board of Trustees approved an incentive for the management and confidential employees at a May 21 meeting and for the rest of the classified staff at a June 27 meeting.

The incentives were not disclosed.

The District is making deep cuts to try to bring its budget into balance in the next year or two.

It currently has a structural budget deficit, forcing it to cut costs rapidly.

A large reserve is being used to cushion the blow in the short term while the cuts are being made, interim business manager Joost DeMoes said.

Most of the top classified position in the District were included in the offer, including food service manager, MOT manager, information technology manager, athletic facilities trainer, executive assistant, senior administrative assistant, administrative assistant – principal/guidance and athletic equipment manager.

Employees had until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to notify the district if they want to take advantage of the offer.

The offer is open to employees who meet California Public Employee retirement System (CalPERS) rules - they must be at least 50 years old with five years CalPERS) service - when they retire and must have worked at least five years for the TUHSD.

Classified management and confidential employees have to retire by July 31 and non management employees must retire by Sept. 30.