School board to receive input on budget cuts at tonight’s meeting
–Tonight, the Paso Robles School Board to hold its first full-fledged meeting of the calendar year. The board will receive the results of three informational meetings held last week to get staff input on where to make budget cuts. Teachers, staff and community members met at three separate informational meetings conducted last Tuesday at the district board meeting room.
The district needs to cut $800,000 in each of the next two years. The reserve is now less than 1-percent ($760,000). The State of California requires districts to maintain a 3-percent reserve fund. The issue is where to cut the budget. Chief Business Officer Brad Pawlowski has set three priorities for cuts: administrative staff; programs; and teachers.
The board will also get a report on the 4-A Foundation, a non-profit which Williams started to generate money for academics, athletics, the arts and agriculture. The foundation did not operate in compliance with state regulations for non-profits.
The Paso Robles School Board meets at 6 Tuesday evening at the district office.