Layoff notices have been delivered to 68 teachers in the Huntington Beach-area elementary school district.
The potential layoffs reflect declining enrollment in the schools, said Ocean View School District Supt. Dale Coogan. He added, however, that probably only a fraction of those notified will lose their jobs. "Our best guess is that we will actually lay off 15 to 20 teachers," he said.
Coogan said the number of notices generally exceeds actual layoffs because potential vacancies, caused by teachers moving or quitting before next fall, cannot be accurately forecast.
Enrollment in the Ocean View School District, which includes about half of Huntington Beach and small parts of Westminster and Fountain Valley, has dropped from about 14,000 students in 1974 to a projected enrollment of 8,500 next fall, Coogan said. He blamed escalating real estate prices for the loss of school-age children in the area.