Paso Robles teachers union will ask school board to propose parcel tax initiative

Though the administration of Paso Robles Public Schools has already ruled out a parcel tax, the Paso Robles teachers union isn’t giving up on its fight to raise funds for strapped schools.

Hoping to minimize projected cuts that would result in dozens of layoffs, the union plans to ask the school board tonight to consider a proposal for a parcel tax initiative. The $20-a-month tax would raise $2 million. While that represents less than a third of the $7.4 million the administration says it needs to cut, the union thinks it could lessen the burden of projected layoffs.

However, Superintendent Kathy McNamara has formally recommended the district not pursue an initiative, which the administration believes would burden a community already affected by the recession.

A parcel tax initiative would require two-thirds approval by voters to pass.

Unless funding projections change, more than 60 teachers and staff could be out of jobs next fall.

During tonight’s meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the school administration building, 800 Niblick Road, the English Learners Advisory Committee will also discuss how the proposed cuts will affect English learners in the schools.