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February 13, 2008 > New Haven School District faces fiscal cuts

New Haven School District faces fiscal cuts

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the New Haven School District Board of Education received a report on the fiscal emergency declared last month by Governor Schwarzenegger and its potential impact on New Haven schools.

The governor's proposal means the District must make an immediate reduction of $377,542, an amount that could increase to as much as $755,084 by June 30, and prepare for 2008-09 reductions of $5,293,345 on the unrestricted side of the budget and $1,642,531 on the restricted side of the general fund.

Education experts say the Governor's proposal will mean "the most significant cuts in the history of California education, even more drastic than the cuts that resulted from Proposition 13."

"The cuts will go into the classroom this time," Chief Business Officer Carol Gregorich told the Board, saying there will be "major changes in the way we do business," including layoffs, reduced services and increased class sizes.

Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi, New Haven Teachers Association President Charmaine Kawaguchi, Board President Kevin Harper and the four other trustees and Mrs. Gregorich all spoke about the importance of opposing the governor's proposal. A resolution will be drafted in opposition to the plan, and parents and other community members are being urged to contact Assemblyman Alberto Torrico and State Sen. Ellen Corbett to voice their opposition.

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