Despite ongoing budget cuts, the closure of school libraries and the elimination of bus routes, the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District has created a new job position and will soon be looking to fill it.
However, the new social worker will replace the outreach consultant position.
"It is different in that it really better describes what the outreach consultant position has evolved to over the years," said Robert Nacario, the district's director of educational services. "We have many students and families who have social (and) emotional needs and issues. So, in short, a person left the district, (but) the need for a person to support social and emotional needs hasn't."
Under direction of the site principal or district administrator, the social worker will provide districtwide support for families and students determined to be at risk without additional intervention.
Last week, the school board voted unanimously to create the position. A salary was not made public.
The person who would have filled the new position left the district for a year in order to assist the Sacramento County Office of Education in working on a mental health grant, jointly developed by districts throughout the county, according to Nacario.
The Sacramento County Office of Education requested the assistance of Annette Lazzarotto to provide technical assistance to other districts in the county.
Galt elementary's new social worker will provide services including home visits, conferencing, classroom presentations, individual and group counseling, parent education and staff inservice.
On Sept. 26, the board of trustees also received an update on the STAR 2012 and Academic Progress Report, and discussed Superintendent Karen Schauer's performance evaluation in closed session. There was no action reported.
This year, trustees voted to shutter all school libraries and reduce home-to-school transportation service to close a budget gap. If the education-related state initiatives on November's ballot fail, the district is looking once again at possibly closing two schools next fall.