Twenty-five classified employees of the El Centro Elementary School District learned Tuesday they will not have jobs next year.
Calling it a "tough decision," the El Centro Elementary School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to implement the "Open Court" reading program next year, which requires certified resource teachers.
"Open Court" is a comprehensive reading program that includes phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension components.
"The resource teacher acts as a support to the teacher," said district Assistant Superintendent Alicia Armenta.
"The success of the program is directly linked to the support of the reading resource teacher," Armenta said.
Plans call for each school to have a resource teacher.
To come up with the funds for the program, the district is eliminating some of the classified positions.
The decision came after much debate involving the necessity of the classified employees, most of whom are instructional aides.
Wearing black to symbolize their "mourning the loss of instructional aides," teachers came to support the aides.