Tamalpais High School Librarians Threatened With Layoffs

Please take a moment and send an email to ensure that students at Tamalpais High School District in California have access to a fully staffed and funded library.

The teacher-librarians at Tamalpais, Redwood and Drake High Schools were given preliminary lay-off notices on Friday, March 9 at 11:15 am. This preceded the posting of the Board of Trustees Meeting agenda at 5:46 pm which included Resolution 17-10 Reducing Certificated. The resolution passed with a 3-2 vote.

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The lay-offs were made in response to a warning notice from the Marin County Office of Education regarding deficit spending. However, it is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) fiscal advisory committee that will identify where the budget cuts need to be prioritized. Should the lay-offs be confirmed in the budget cuts, the final lay-off notices must be delivered by May 15.

The Tamalpais Union High School District libraries have been continuously staffed with librarians since 1925.

The next board meeting will be held 6 pm, March 27, 2018, Kreps Conference Room; 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, California. The public may comment on the impact of fully staffed libraries on student learning by filling out a speaker card. Each speaker is allowed 3 minutes, however, if there are many speakers, the time may be reduced to 2 minutes. One may also express support for students having continued access to full-time certified librarians at Tamalpais, Redwood and Drake High Schools, send a letter to the board via www.saveschoollibrarians.org/thusd.

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