- Save Our Schools proposal
Facing a $2 million to $4 million budget shortfall for next
school year, the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District is
looking at all options, even those considered by Superintendent
Karen Schauer to be “out of the box.” A grassroots Save Our Schools
effort could help keep a school open through community support if
the district doesn’t find it financially feasible to do so.
The campaign would work like this:
The cost of keeping a school open would be divided per person,
and that price advertised. For example, if it costs $400,000 to
keep the school open, then 20,000 community members could donate
$20 each and its closure would be averted for the year.
Essentially, the community would buy time to see if the state
tax initiative is passed in November. If it is, the funding could
go towards restoring other lost programs, such as libraries, band
and counselors, or reduced class size, Schauer said.
— Jennifer Bonnett
Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012 12:00 am
Galt Joint Union Elementary School District may be forced to
close one or more campuses due to anticipated budget
Officials are also looking at increasing class sizes and teacher
layoffs for the next school year.
Monday, February 20, 2012 12:00 am.