Sonora, CA — Thanks to California´s upcoming projected fiscal deficit of $16 billion, k-12 education cutbacks are already taking place and that will be the subject of our Mother Lode Views this weekend.
One of our guests will be Calaveras County School Superintendent John Brophy who has already made some administrative cutbacks. Brophy adds that with the reduction in teachers the size of classrooms will increse. According to Brophy California ranks 50th in the country in administrators and teachers per student.
Tuolumne County School Superintendent Joe Silva says more than 40 teachers received March 15 notifications that they may be laid off if the proposed state mandated 10 percent cutback is finalized. May 15th is the date Sacramento should approve or disapprove of the layoffs, but Silva adds that the decision may not come until late summer.
Summerville High and Twain Harte-Long Barn Superintendent John Keiter states that the former school district is scheduled for $429,000 cutback while the latter will lose $292,000. Keiter adds that school districts throughout the state will find themselves in a bind come July 1 because the state is planning on withholding funds that are due the districts so the state can collect the interest. Subsequently the school districts will have pay interest to borrow money for full-time employees payroll.
Mother Lode Views is aired on AM-1450 KVML at 9:30am Saturday and 8:30am Sunday. Mother Lode Views can also be heard on STAR 92.7 at 9am Sunday and an hour later on Today´s Country, 93.5 KKBN.
Written by Bill Johnson