Physical education instructors laid off in June by the Los Angeles Community College District were rehired in time for for the opening of classes Tuesday, according to Virginia Mulrooney, vice chancellor of personnel services for the district.
Five physical education teachers and 33 instructors in other departments got their jobs back because the district miscalculated its teaching needs under a new agreement reached with the faculty union in June, Mulrooney said.
They were laid off June 30 as part of what then-board President Dr. Monroe Richman called "an overdue change in educational direction." The move was designed to re-distribute teachers to growing departments--such as English as a second language, business and mathematics--and away from overmanned areas, including physical education.
The agreement with the union, originally designed to lure full-time teachers into coaching, reduced the midseason teaching assignments of instructors who coached teams. In addition, the instructors received time off during the off-season for recruiting and conditioning.