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    Improved Budgets Help Santa Clarita Valley Schools Keep More Teachers

    For the most part, Santa Clarita Valley school districts are sending out fewer notices than in previous years, due in part to better budget projections; although at least one district notes officials aren’t quite out of the woods. School districts must send out preliminary layoff notices by March 15, according to state law, and officials must make the notification to lay off workers by May 15. Saugus Union School District staffers were most affected by the layoff notices. Castaic Union is cutting two position due to reduced enrollments, while the William S. Hart Union High School District, Newhall and Sulphur Springs school districts are retaining all of their full-time teachers. “I know that in the news, reports might indicate that with Proposition 30 taxes, education has been completely made whole, and that just isn’t the case,” said Marc Winger, Newhall School District superintendent. “But we’re not where we were in previous years -- we’re out of the downward spiral we were in.”