Trustees plan to hire two part-time librarians and purchase security equipment to enable students to check books out of both Liberty Ranch and Galt high schools. A vote is scheduled for next month.
Currently, there is no staff to oversee the check-out process at either of the two comprehensive high schools. This year, Galt High students have been unable to use materials outside of the school library after the clerk was laid off at the end of last school year.
At Liberty Ranch, not only is there no library clerk, but until last spring there were no books.
Currently, the library has books but they can't be checked out. The school needs a check-out and return system to ensure the school doesn't lose track of the new books, Superintendent Daisy Lee said.
The security detection system will cost roughly $16,000.
Trustee Angela DaPrato questioned whether the school's parent-teacher association could pay for the security system gates through fundraisers. "I would love for those books to be checked out, but ... I favor the jobs."
Galt Joint Union High School District board members provided direction at last week's meeting. They also reviewed hiring an outreach consultant and career center technician who would help students fill out college applications and financial aid forms. Both positions were eliminated due to budget cuts last spring.
Approximately $187,000 was rolled over from last school year at board direction. It is considered flexible money, as it was not earmarked for a specific use.
The funding will be spent this school year as a one-time expense, according to Chief Business Official Audrey Kilpatrick.
She cautioned that using one-time funding for positions can be problematic for next school year, when funding will not be allocated for those specific positions.
Lee plans to return with a final recommendation on how the money should be spent at the next meeting on Nov. 18.
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