Updated 11 a.m. Saturday
City College of San Francisco's Board of Trustees finalized 38 faculty layoffs to address a looming budget deficit during a special meeting Friday night. Another 12 faculty are retiring and won't be replaced.
But that may not be the full count of teachers dropped by the school: At least 150 part-timers may not be hired back to the college as part of a state mechanism that mandates part-timers not take the place of laid-off full-time faculty, the teachers' union says.
And while those aren't technically layoffs, those teachers will be out of a job all the same. Many have worked at the college for years — for some, decades.
All week, faculty and student supporters tried to hold back the tidal wave of layoffs: On Sunday, City College of San Francisco faculty marched for May Day; on Tuesday they camped in tents in front of their administration's offices; and on Thursday, 10 protesters were arrested after blocking a street.
By Friday night, the tsunami of cuts washed over them, all the same.
More than 360 faculty tuned in to the virtual City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees meeting Friday afternoon, including Denise Selleck, who has taught English as a second language classes at the college since 1991. Those classes primarily serve San Francisco's many immigrant communities.
"Your decision today not only affects the 38 tenured instructors who will lose their jobs, it also affects the dozens of part-timers who you will make unemployed," Selleck said, during public comment. "And it will affect the thousands of students who will not be able to get the classes that they want and need."
English teacher Monica Bosson put the cuts in simpler terms to the Board of Trustees.
"It's absolutely gut-wrenching," Bosson said.
Five trustees voted to approve the cuts, with trustee Alan Wong casting a nay vote. A student trustee also cast a nay vote, though student trustee votes are only advisory. Board trustee Shanell Williams disagreed with criticism from the hundreds of faculty attending the virtual meeting that night.
“This is not the decimation of our college. There are mechanisms for rehiring and there are pathways for growth,” Williams said.