Lucia Mar Unified School District officials, concerned about the potential of facing an additional $5 million in budget cuts, gathered Wednesday to send a message to their state representatives in Sacramento.
“We really need for the governor and state legislators to step up and fund education because the kids deserve it,” said Lloyd Walzer, the president of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association and an Oceano Elementary School teacher.
Educators across California are holding events this week to urge an extension of temporary taxes.
Walzer and other district administrators wore red to show their alarm over an “all-cuts” budget — a possibility if current tax rates are not extended. For Lucia Mar, that means a reduction of $500 in funding per student, on top of $350 per student, or $3.5 million, already planned to be cut next fiscal year.
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Additional layoffs, cuts to programs and a shorter school year would result, they said. When asked if a current surge in state revenues would help alleviate some of the budget worries, Superintendent Jim Hogeboom said it wouldn’t be enough to prevent further cuts to education.