Six school superintendents from the Sacramento area joined Sacramento County Superintendent Dave Gordon and the Education Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council for an annual luncheon that gave school leaders an opportunity to spell out how cuts are harming students in their classrooms..
Superintendents from Galt, Folsom-Cordova, San Juan, and Center Unified talked about cuts on the order of 25% of their operating budgets, including additional cuts that will take place if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s pending tax initiative.
Folsom Cordova Unified School District Superintendent Debbie Bettencourt Cordova noted that her district had lost more than $35 million over past three years, resulting in class size increases and increase in the student to adult ratio. “Our classrooms are cleaned only
every three days. These cuts have a tremendous impact on morale, but, yes, we are still able to educate students,” she said.
Center Unified Superintendent Scott Loehr said that his district has already lost more than $8 million, width higher student-teacher ratios. “We can only provide less service and not do a lot of things we used to do,” Loehr told participants. “It is a morale killer. People are stepping
up but they can only do so much.”
San Juan Unified School District Superintendent Glynn Thompson ticked off cuts that, in addition to past cuts, are threatening to reduce the district’s funding by another 10%, another $35 million in cuts, at a time the district is facing “skyrocketing” poverty levels among families living in the area.
Thompson stated that class sizes had swelled to 31 in the elementary grades and that the district had eliminated home-to-school transportation in all categories except those mandated by law. He also reported that the district had eliminated all adult education classes.
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