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Budget Woes Hit Home At Summerville High School District

Tuolumne, CA — Given Governor Schwarzenegger´s proposed $7 billion reduction in education funding, the Summerville Union High School District is looking at rolling back funding to 2001-2002 levels.

Superintendent Dr. John Keiter froze all budgets in a staff meeting Thursday. Stated Keiter, “The district is going to be making very extensive and very difficult decisions to make the cuts necessary to run our programs with funding rolled back seven years. The governor´s proposal requires over 16 percent in cuts for the next school year.

Of a $7 million total budget Keiter is looking at reductions totaling in the neighborhood of a half-a-million dollars for the district or between $400 and $500 per student.

Keiter´s final comment, “No employee or student is going to escape the impact of these cuts. This is going to affect us all in some way or another. We are committed to providing the best instructional program possible for our students with the funds we are given.”

Written by Bill Johnson