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Sac City Unified Budget Includes Furloughs, Increased Class Sizes



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 19, 2010
By: Megan Hansen

The budget proposes borrowing money from programs that would otherwise be used for maintenance and textbooks.  It also proposes increasing class sizes and creating three furlough days for top staff and non-union employees.
 
In two online surveys, residents said they most valued small class sizes and textbooks.  But Superintendent Jonathan Raymond says the spending plan is not based entirely on the survey responses.
 
Raymond: “I think it’s good information, it’s a good way for the community to be involved in it. We’re not going to rely solely on this information. It is just that it is another form, just like it is, you know, looking around and having conversations with staff.”
 
The surveys also showed support for closing under-enrolled schools.  Raymond says it’s too late to do that this year, but it’s definitely something he’ll look at next year.
 
The district must submit a balanced budget by March 15th to the County Board of Education.
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