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California schools preparing for possible budget cuts

Schools must prepare to do more with less -- that's the message schools are receiving from the state capitol.

Posted: May 22, 2020 9:26 AM

PARADISE, Calif. – Schools must prepare to do more with less -- that's the message schools are receiving from the state capitol.

The governor’s proposal would cut funding for the California school district by nearly $7 billion.

Action News Now spoke with the Paradise School Superintendent about the proposed cuts. He said the costs of opening schools next year will most likely be more than in years past.

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Superintendent Tom Taylor said since the Camp Fire they've already had to slash costs. They have also seen fewer students and teachers -- reducing the size of the district and meaning less revenue.

Now, the superintendent said administrators are looking at critical areas in schools to apply what resources they have to move forward, and that could mean cutting jobs.

“It’s unfortunate because when you look at a district the majority is spent on staffing," Taylor said. So we know that’s where the majority of the reduction comes from. Other things we look at is how do we save money, how we convert things to solar energy, how do we reduce costs like that."

Taylor said he hopes they won't need to cut staff. However, the district will likely have to take on additional costs and custodial staff to reopen safely. Right now, they're looking at different programs and grants that may be able to help.

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