At Thursday’s meeting, Assistant Superintendent Linda Lowe said the cuts were needed mostly because one special-education class at Granada Middle School was being eliminated due to students moving back to their home schools or on to high school. But parents adamantly opposed any reduction in instructional aides. They said they had previously experienced what it’s like not having sufficient aides available to work in their children’s classrooms. “My child is already suffering from a lack of having aides in the classroom,” parent Kathy Deratany, 44, said during the nearly two-hour meeting. “My son has been lost at school and gotten out to major streets because of a lack of having enough supervision.” Even though the board approved cutting 10 aide positions, Gillentine said only two aides will be immediately laid off. The remainder of the positions are expected to be shifted into spots that should open up next year, he added. Also, there’s a good chance that two more positions may open up before September, officials said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST WHITTIER – Angered by a plan to cut instructional aides in special-education classes next year, dozens of parents in the East Whittier City School District demanded explanations Thursday from administrators. The hastily set up meeting at 9 a.m. was prompted by rumors that 19 instructional aide positions were being axed, as well as complaints from parents that they had been “ambushed” by the school board’s last-minute decision to cut staff. On Monday, board members reviewed an administrative recommendation to cut 19 instructional aide positions from the Severely Handicapped and Resource Specialist Program/Special Day Classes. However, the board voted to cut only 10 positions.