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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/23/2013 10:29 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/23/2013 10:35 AM
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Calaveras Performing Arts Center Will Have To Wait

San Andreas, CA...In a 3-2 vote yesterday the Calaveras Unified School District Board decided against construction of a new 500 seat Performing Arts Center. In the face of declining enrollment and an over $2 million budget shortfall other plans will be made for the bond funds available to the district. The decision will mean CUSD will forgo $1.2 million in additional funds from the state...

The Photo Above is From Saturday's Study Session

At the core of the issue is enrollment. CUSD is down over 500 students in recent years and the pipeline for additional enrollment is not what it could be.

The board is looking at measures such as increasing class size, reducing school sites and other measures to make the budget numbers work.

It is still unclear what capital improvement projects the bond funds will be allocated to.

At the end of the day I think for all of us in the community news like this should be a cause for action to try and increase the enrollment at our local schools. With the great schools, teachers and traditions in our area having to see administrators contemplate closing schools and reducing teacher numbers is very sad.

This area has great quality of life draws and by all measures is a wonderful place to raise families. We need to replace lost middle class jobs here that were lost during the downturn. Many families were forced to leave our area in the recession.

There are options....we can let the slide continue or roll up our sleeves and get to work bringing and growing jobs here that can allow families to live work and grow where they want to instead of where they driven by circumstances have to.

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