Emotional Cuesta Board meeting on disabled student cuts

A crowd of more than 100 gathered at the Cuesta College Board of Trustees meeting today to hear and speak about proposed drastic cuts in the junior college's Disabled Student Programs and Services.

Many of those who spoke were disabled students served by the program, some with the aid of interpreters.

Because state funds for the program have been reduced by approximately 55 percent, the board is considering a proposal to reduce three positions and reduce the hours of another 10. The effort has been planned to save approximately $261,000. The cuts would affect every classified worker in the program. Faculty, however, would not be laid off or lose hours because such changes must be noticed to faculty in March for them to occur in fall.

DSPS serves students with disabilities and special needs by offering specialized classes, alternative testing options, sign language interpreters, Braille materials and more.

The board meeting started at 4 p.m., but audience members were still testifying at 8 p.m.

--Tribune staff.