School layoffs

Whittier reporter Tracy Garcia wrote a story in today’s paper about layoffs at Huerta Elementary School. The school is closing at the end of the school year to save money at Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, which is going through declining enrollment.

NORWALK – The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified
School District approved the layoff of eight full- and part-time
positions in preparation for the shutdown of Huerta Elementary School
later this year.

Last spring, trustees voted to permanently close the
300-student Huerta Elementary when district enrollment declined by
about 1,500 students over a three-year period. The declining enrollment
cost the district about $9 million in state revenue, officials said.

Perhaps the next step is for the district to decide what they’ll do with the building and property. Weeklies reporter Claudia Palma is keeping tabs of Bassett Unified, which has a school campus that isn’t being used as a school. Those officials are deciding whether to keep it or sell it.