CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The price range axe fell on the Sweetwater Union Excessive Faculty District Monday evening after the college board in a Three-2 vote authorized $20 million dollars in cuts regardless of protests and emotional pleas from mother and father, lecturers, retired lecturers, and college students.
“Excuse my language, however I’m pissed off about what I’m seeing in a district that I sacrifice and gave 38 years as a trainer and 43 years as a coach,” mentioned retired trainer and coach Greg Rady.
Superintendent Karen Janney, PhD, mentioned with a $30 million shortfall, 237 positions can be eradicated together with lecturers, counselors, and librarians.
“Dropping even one workers member impacts college students and in our price range issues college students’ wants are our highest precedence,” mentioned Janney.
Chula Vista Center Faculty librarian Stephanie Hubner mentioned she is anticipating a pink slip.
“On this district the place now we have socioeconomic distinction between haves and have nots, you are taking away a line set you take away sources to achieve success,” she mentioned.
The assembly was emotional with some college students crying, pleading to maintain its studying facilities open, however the board authorized to shut its 12 highschool studying facilities, that are recognized for different schooling.
“If it wasn’t for the Studying Middle I wouldn’t be graduating,” mentioned a Hilltop Excessive Faculty Studying Middle scholar.
Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas additionally spoke in entrance of the board not as a metropolis chief however as a grandmother.
“I’ve a granddaughter on the studying middle and it’s her lifeline,” mentioned Mayor Salas.
Her granddaughter talked concerning the hope and motivation the middle has given her at Hilltop Excessive.
“Earlier than studying middle I didn’t know if I’d be capable of graduate, however now I’m ending credit and I see commencement in my future,” she mentioned.
District Spokesperson Manny Rubio mentioned 1,300 college students can be impacted, transferring them again to campus for its Unbiased Examine program. Rubio mentioned it’s about effectivity.
“We are able to truly tailor the providers we’re liberating somewhat bit higher and we’ve helped them in a greater approach to allow them to be extra profitable on the finish of the day,” mentioned Rubio.
The district mentioned most lecturers and workers at Studying Facilities will switch again to unbiased research and never lose their jobs. Lecturers and counselors fear college students will solely get one-on-one time as soon as every week.
“We’re speaking about college students that endure from nervousness, melancholy, their guardian is in jail, the foster care system, they’re homeless. The Studying middle is a protected haven for these college students,” mentioned Maribel Andrade, Citadel Park Excessive Faculty Studying Middle counselor.
Underneath California schooling code, pink slips have to be delivered by March 15. The group mentioned it’s not giving up.
“You need to battle, you need to go to struggle, we’re coming, and we’re going and we’re not going to face for it dammit,” mentioned Rady.
The district is in search of methods to chop an extra $10 million from its price range however has not laid out any proposals.
Board members Paula Corridor and Nicholas Seguara voted in opposition to the cuts.
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