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Special Education, Facilities And 2019-20 Budget Top CUSD Meeting

Special Education, Facilities And 2019-20 Budget Top CUSD Meeting

Special education, facilities and the unanimous approval of the 2019-20 budget topped this week meeting of the Calaveras Unified School District.   CUSD Fiscal Director Kassandra Booth spoke on cost of Special Education to the District. For the 2019-20 school year, the district plans on paying out $6.9 million to the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) for specialized special education services.   SELPA is a consortium of districts that provides services to children residing in their districts.  According to Booth, special education enrollment in the district is rising, as overall enrollment declined.  The percentage of CUSD students in special education programs was 19% in 2018, up from 17% in 2017 and up from 11% in 2008.  State figures also show the same trend.  Because funding for the district is tied to enrollment numbers, this trend has put significant strain on the finances of the district.   Maintenance and Operations Supervisor Joe Cruz updated the Board on various District wide projects. Cruz discussed repairs to the pool and field at Calaveras High School, and updates to the aging wastewater treatment plant at Toyon Middle School.  According to Cruz, a new state grant program recently became available to wastewater treatment plants managed by school districts allowing possible funds for badly needed facility updates.  Repairs to the grates in the CHS swimming pool area are planned for mid-July, and repairs to the High School’s turf field are scheduled for late July, just before the next school year begins.  And on a 5-0 vote, the Board passed the 2019-20 school year budget.

Written by KVGC Staff


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