Education In Amador Still Faces The Need For Cost Savings

Education In Amador Still Faces The Need For Cost Savings

Education in Amador still faces the need for cost savings, according to a report from an outside advisory firm. At the Amador School Board meeting last night, the fiscal crisis and management assistance team (FCMAT) gave a fiscal projection report. While the projections do show the school district moving from a deficit to a surplus in the upcoming 2020-21 budget year, the district will not have enough of a surplus to restore the district’s reserves to their required level. The situation is tougher for the County Office of Education, which is projected to continue to run a deficit in the next two fiscal years. FCMAT recommended a wide range of actions to address these fiscal shortfalls, which run from a hiring freeze, charging fees for field trips, to encouraging student attendance, all to increase revenues. The report recommends the closing of the Shenandoah Charter School, citing the enrollment decline at the school as a factor in the office of education’s fiscal problems. If the fiscal shortfalls continue, the state can step in to take over administration duties from local officials. The fiscal issues are playing out against a backdrop of conflict as four of the five school board members face recall efforts.

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