A “Must Attend” Event – Special Board Meeting this Wednesday

This is your opportunity to provide suggestions regarding upcoming budget cuts.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about how the budget works.  This is your opportunity to share ideas that can help ease the burden these cuts have placed on our students and classrooms.  This is your opportunity to have a VOICE and be heard.

Last week Dr. Nicoll sent the following email:

Special School Board Meeting

As a result of the Governors budget proposal, the projected deficit in the school district ending balance as of June 2012 has grown from $17 million to $35 million. In consequence, we will need to make additional reductions to our expenditure budget. The Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday, January 20, at 7pm at the Dent Education Center, 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.  The purpose of the meeting is to solicit public input on the additional cuts that will need to be made. Staff will present a brief review of the budget, but the majority of the meeting will be spent listening to parents and community members regarding budget reductions.

This is a very important meeting, and I hope you will be able to attend.

Dick Nicoll,

Interim Superintendent

We have confirmed that this meeting is being noticed to the public as a board meeting in order to allow all 5 board members to participate.  However, the format of the meeting will be that of a community/town hall meeting with the opportunity for a two-way discussion.

These budget cuts are having a devastating and unprecedented affect on education across this state.  Here are excerpts from a report by the Education Coalition from November:

“…We have increased class size, reduced teachers, reduced support staff, eliminated programs such as Spanish, music, drama, and band. We have eliminated librarians, counselors, classroom aides,  computer techs, and the GATE programs. We have reduced special ed staff and administrators. We have no funding for supplemental materials and have had to get waivers for textbook adoptions…”

Michele Schuetz, Auburn Union School District, Auburn, CA

“We have eliminated 80% of our library services…”

Steve Mitrovich, San Carlos School District, Anderson, CA

“Increased class size sizes by 7‐10 students, reduced custodial and security staff, reduced technology staff, reduced elective offerings at middle and high schools and reduced music and athletic programs.”

Lou Obermeyer, Valley CenterPauma Unified School District, Valley Center, CA

“…Loss of Categorical Program Director, reduction in counseling services, freeze on textbook purchases, larger class size at secondary level. We will need to make an additional $2.5 million in cuts for 2010‐2011.

Rob Gaskill, Cabrillo Unified School District, Half Moon Bay, CA

“We have closed 2 schools, increased class size, and eliminated and/or reduced support services staff (counselors and deans)…”

Louis Pappas, CovinaValley Unified School District, Covina, CA

“…due to budget cuts, every employee in Wiseburn had to take 6 furlough days. This impacts students directly as their academic calendar has been cut to 175 days…”

Tom Johnstone, Wiseburn School District, Hawthorne, CA

“We have cut instructional aides, drama classes, our professional development budget, and our technology budget.”

Anthony Ranii, Hillsborough City School District, Hillsborough, CA

“Closed an elementary school to save money, students are transported out of their neighborhood schools, cuts to instructional supply funds, fieldtrips, sports…”

Dr. Frank W. Passarella, Lake Elsinore Unified School District, Lake Elsinore, CA

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