SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Sacramento City Unified School District could soon be laying off dozens of teachers.

In a Thursday night meeting, the district approved a motion to lay off 82 full-time equivalent positions. Of those positions on the chopping block, 54 are kindergarten to twelfth-grade teachers. Another 24 of those positions are already vacant.

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District officials say they expect to send out only about 33 layoff notices due to anticipated resignations or retirements.

The motion comes as the school district faces a projected budget shortfall of nearly $20 million for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Final layoff notices are expected to go out by May 15.

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