The budget issue for California is one of too much spending and not enough revenue.  It seems everyone has their pet project that cannot or will not be cut.  Californians will be footing that bill for years unless some tough decisions are made.


Schools are going through a similar problem brought on by this money crisis, but they can't resort to levying a tax on their students and their families.  Cuts will be made in districts in the form of layoffs.  Since this is the bulk of a district's expenses, that is to be expected.  However, is our district really looking at cuts that will alleviate some of these layoffs?


Several board meetings ago it was recommended by the business staff at the district that the board not go ahead with opening the new elementary school.  Enrollment in the district has dropped dramatically, and expenses involved with opening a science and technology geared school are great.  In addition, it looks like the class size for grades 1-3 will be increasing above their current 20 student maximum.  This is going to free up addition classrooms at schools throughout the district.  The board ignored the recommendation.  Will the district be subsidizing this school at the expense of the others in the district?    Is this a pet project that could be stalled for a year or two until finances are better and enrollment is up?


A committee to look into where cuts were to be made was supposed to have been created.  Does anyone know who is on this committee?  Does the committee even exist?  Are there any other pet projects of the board members that should be looked at to determine if they really are financially viable or educationally sound?