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CUSD Considers To Close Rail Road Flat Elementary

CUSD Considers To Close Rail Road Flat Elementary

As students returned to class and the 2019-20 school year got underway yesterday, the Calaveras Unified School District is facing an almost half-million dollar shortfall, mounting class sizes and the possibility one of its historic elementary schools may have to close.  With about 2,800 students returning for the first day of school,  the CUSD is still facing an approximately $450,000 shortfall, even after cutting $1.8 million from staffing and budgets in the 2018-19 school year.  The county office has conditionally approved the 2019-20 budget with the stipulation the district must submit a budget reduction plan showing $450,000 in cuts.  One option would be the closing Rail Road Flat Elementary School, a K-6 school founded in the mid-1850s that serves 46 students. Closing the campus would save approximately $100,000 to $150,000, but there were unknown variables about where students would go to and if that would dramatically affect class sizes at other schools. Small cuts to departments and sites are also expected, but most likely staffing will take another hit. For the 2019-20 year, CUSD has a total revenue of approximately $31.8 million and expenditures of approximately $32.3 million. District-wide enrollment on Wednesday was at about 2,790 students, about twenty above where the district finished last year.

Written by KVGC Staff

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