COLTON - About 1,000 people jammed into the Jehue Middle School cafeteria on Wednesday night to express their displeasure with teacher cuts in the Rialto Unified School District.

Vehicles flooded streets surrounding the middle school as teachers, parents and students all wanted to share their opinions with district officials.

"Whatever you say, it is just not right," said Kasandra Miranda, 15, a student at Rialto High School.

The school district has notified 271 teachers that they might not have jobs next year.

One hundred teachers with one-year contracts and about 30 teachers without full credentials probably won't be returning.

In addition to $507 million in education cuts this year, Gov.

Hundreds of teachers and parents came to the Rialto school board meeting at Jehue Middle School Wednesday night to protest cuts to the teaching staff. (LaFonzo Carter/Staff Photographer)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing a $4.8 billion education cut from next year's budget.

The layoffs could result in kindergarten to third-grade class sizes at Rialto Unified increasing from 20 to 32 students. This would save about $2.5 million.

Valarie Campa, who has two children attending district schools, said she was displeased with the possibility of the increases in class sizes.

"It doesn't sound to me like the school district's going to be excelling very well," she said.

Bob McDaniel, president of the Rialto Classified School Employees Association, said teachers have been too aggressive in their contract negotiations with the district.

"But unfortunately, we feel the teachers don't want to work with them," he said of the relationship between the district's union, Rialto Education Association, and district leadership.

Bill Hedrick, union president, has pointed out that the district is planning to have a $28 million ending balance, meaning $28 million will be left over at the end of the year.

But only about $10 million of that money can be spent.

Deputy Superintendent Joseph Davis said he needs that money to cover shortfalls in coming years.

The district will see a 20 percent downward swing in funding compared to what it was expecting over a two-year period because of the budget cuts, Davis said.

"How can you have business as usual?" he said