Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

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By Louise Dozier

Dear edhat community,

Were you aware that the Carpinteria Unified School District has released their proposed budget for next school year. On page 23 (Budget Reductions) of this 100+ page document you can find that the School District is Suggesting that all Instructional Assistants (Not Special Education) should be cut from their Middle and High School, and that all 4 of their Library/Media Tech (Librarian) positions should be cut to 50%!!!

What has happened to NOT cutting educational staff that works with our children? The Carp School Board should find a way to cut staff that do not have direct, face-to-face, daily contact with students. These positions while not Teachers, are just one more adult touchstone that help students understand that they are cared for, that their thoughts are heard, and that their needs are important!

I really hope that the Carpinteria School Board reconsiders their hurtful cuts. Let's support Carpinteria's Students and keep Carp schools Safe by keeping the Physical Education Aides; Let's support Carpinteria's English Language Learners by keeping their schools accessible by keeping their ELD (English Language Development) Aides; and last but not least let's help ensure that kids in Carpinteria still have all day access to their libraries, keep promoting reading, life-long-learning, and having access to computers by keeping their Librarian/Media Techs!!!

Please let the Carpinteria School Board know how you feel about these developments!

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mm1970 Feb 13, 2018 10:25 AM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

Makes you wonder what is up with the school district. First the abrupt departure of the relatively new superintendent a couple of years ago, and now this. And yes, the lottery money is very small.

CivilEngineer Feb 13, 2018 09:44 AM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

It's a pretty small school District but each District has to have a minimum number of Admin staff to meet all of the state and federal requirements, plus HR. Calculate the admin salaries of Carp as a percent of their total budget relative to SB and see how it matches up. Maybe it is time to unify the County Districts if there would be a cost savings?

Flicka Feb 13, 2018 08:39 AM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

Horrible!! If we truly want to make "America Great Again" then education is the place to start. It's deplorable how poorly our children are educated.

GeneralTree Feb 13, 2018 08:36 AM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

Under the new-found "Trumpism" reality - important personnel and programs are cut everywhere - without consideration as to what will actually be effected. If it positively affects the bottom line, some don't seem to care if the baby gets thrown out with the bath water.

SBREADER Feb 13, 2018 08:17 AM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

Lot of uninformed comments. Carpinteria is a Basic Aid school district because of Padaro Lane and Rincon and other beachfront homes. It receives more revenue per student than just about any other school district in the State of California. The current problems are the result of decades of government by right wing Republicans whose primary goal was to keep property taxes for themselves and their family members as low as possible. Those days are about to be over. For the first time in the school district's history we have a reasonalbe and very competent financial executive who is doing what she has to, to right the ship. Give her a chance and vote in November. There are 3 Board seats up for election.

Howard Roark Feb 12, 2018 07:50 PM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

Go back to the days when schools consisted of a principal, teachers, a secretary, a couple of staffers grounds keeper, and a janitor. Too many people outside of the classroom work for the school district.

mm1970 Feb 13, 2018 10:27 AM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

No librarian. In the "good old days", we had librarians. We also had PE. Actual, full time PE teachers, and art teachers, and science. We had SCIENCE in elementary school, taught by an actual science teacher. And MUSIC. Ask me how much of this I have to fundraise for, so our students can actually have PE teachers, music, art, and computers.

a-1526886256 Feb 12, 2018 07:25 PM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

Lottery money? How about all the money that the marijuana business is (will be?) bringing into Carpinteria? Drove through there a few weeks ago at 3AM.....you could smell it...and even taste it.

a-1526886256 Feb 12, 2018 09:35 PM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

At one school that I know stats for, Lottery funding is something like $42 annually per student. Annual cost to educate per student is $9600. It's a pittance.

a-1526886256 Feb 12, 2018 04:21 PM
Carpinteria School Board Suggests Cutting Staff

It is a travesty, I agree with you. But what is the alternative? The money has to be cut from somewhere, especially as more and more of our schools' infrastructures are quite literally falling apart and more money needs to be used to simply keep schools up to building and safety codes. Sadly, when you have a state government with significant budgetary issues and a federal government hell-bent on allocating literally 10 times as much money to military as education, things like this happen. It's sick, in my opinion, and leaves one feeling helpless to the situation.

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