Supporters of the district's English Language Learners coordinator, Mariam Baradar, made up the bulk of a more than 150-person audience.
The group was spurred by news that Baradar's job will be eliminated next year.
They were joined by dozens of Gales Creek Elementary School supporters who wore red to advocate for keeping the school open.
One by one, dozens of community members approached the microphone in more than an hour of public testimony, urging the school board and district administrators to think critically before making final decisions in $7.5 million worth of cuts for the next school year.
Several speakers wondered whether the district would continue to make strides in educating Latino students after hearing that Baradar
will lose her
Maricela Garcia, a member of the district's Parent Action Committee, said Baradar has been instrumental in empowering the group and helping the district's migrant parents to navigate the school system.
Superintendent Yvonne Curtis confirmed Monday night that Baradar and several other district office staff members have been notified that their positions are being eliminated as the district office reduces its budget by 20 percent.
The move does not mean the district's English Language Learners program, which Baradar
heads, is being eliminated, Curtis said.