The Hemet Unified School District is rescinding an announced plan to hire qualified substitute teachers for a one-month contract from March 14 through April 15, 2011. The reasons offered by Deputy Superintendent Dr. LaFaye Platter and Assistant Superintendent Vince Christakos were legal — a formula by which the number of temporary hires needed to qualify for state money under class size reduction laws would have exceeded numbers of three categories of teachers, currently out but eligible to return. Those eligible to return categories include: teachers on special assignment, those on a 39-month rehire list, and teachers on leave.
Had the district not run into the legal roadblock, it could have netted $300,000, according to Christokas. “It was a good idea,” said Platter. “But a [legal] glitch,” observed Christakos.