The San Francisco Unified School District's Board of Education Tuesday night approved sending pink slips to more than 900 teachers and other district employees who could be laid off this year to address a $113 million budget shortfall over the next two years.
The board approved the layoff notices, which must be sent to employees by March 15, but district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said the number could be reduced if concessions such as furlough days or wage freezes are approved by employee unions.
Among the proposed layoffs, 502 are to teachers, counselors, nurses and social workers, while 277 are to teachers' aides and 163 are to district administrators, Blythe said.
The cuts come after drastic reductions in state funding for education, she said.
"No one at the district wants to lose anyone," Blythe said.
Matthew Hardy, spokesman for the teachers' union United Educators of San Francisco, said he agreed that the state is to blame for the budget crisis but argued the number of layoffs "is way higher than it needed to be."
Blythe said several negotiation sessions between the two sides have been agreed upon, and that the district "would love to work this out as quickly as possible to rescind these layoff notices as quickly as possible."
Hardy said union members have already met twice with district officials for negotiations, but that the union has not received many budgetary documents it has requested to get an idea about the district's financial situation.