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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Board members with the Sweetwater Union High School District voted 3-2 Monday night to put more than 200 employees on notice.

School district administrators said Monday the potential cuts are necessary because of budget shortfalls, declining enrollment and increasing personnel costs. The jobs on the chopping block include teachers in math, English and social science, as well as counselors and librarians.

The notice lets employees know that their jobs may be in jeopardy. The district has until March 15 to give out notices, and employees will know by May 15 if they have a job for the next school year.

“It’s a tragedy,” said Stephanie Hubner, a librarian at Chula Vista Middle School. “It’s a tragedy for the students in the South Bay, for the employees that are here serving and dedicating their lives to the students. We’re not in a time of fiscal crisis in the community. It’s just within the district.”

Hubner told FOX 5 she has been with the school district for 17 years but could soon be one of the 237 employees who will be cut.

“It is universally felt that it is heartbreak,” Hubner said when asked how other school employees were feeling. “It is disbelief, considering this whole year the district’s been saying we’re going to find places to cut where it won’t affect students. We’re going to find places to cut that aren’t going to be directly affecting the classrooms. And here they are, doing exactly the opposite of what they said they were going to do.”

The meeting overflowed with hundreds of concerned parents, teachers and students in attendance, many of which spoke out against the proposal. Nearly 100 people signed up for public comment.

Not a single speaker was in favor of cutting the jobs in question, but the school board ultimately still voted 3-to-2 in favor of the cuts.