Tuolumne, Ca — Dr. John Keiter, Superintendent of Summerville Union High School and the Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District, was among a group of school officials that gathered in Sacramento Tuesday to learn more information about the Governor´s proposed cuts to education.
“We are not going to panic, but it´s going to be pretty grim for schools and other state agencies,” says Keiter. Keiter notes that cuts could come as early as this school year, so districts need to prepare for the possibility of limited funding for the remainder of the year, and then brace for major cuts beginning in the 2008-09 school year.
“What´s going to happen in a full school year is that our net basic revenue, which is a part of our budget, will decrease by 2.4 percent,” says Keiter. “Then all of our special funds will decrease by 6.99 percent. Those are funds to deliver education to underprivileged students, to buy textbooks, purchase technology and fund extra classes for students who are at risk of not passing the exit exam. And then our general purpose revenue is also going to have a net cut of 2.4 percent.”
To deal with the cuts, Keiter says the schools must first look at preserving the areas that are their basic purpose. At the elementary level, this includes making sure that there are enough teachers for each student. At the high school level, this means providing the classes that students need to meet the graduation requirements.
Governor Schwarzenegger´s proposed cuts still need to be approved by both houses of the legislature.
Written by BJ Hansen