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Paradise Unified School District faces budget cuts

Achieve charter high-school is opening in Paradise, and that means bad news for the Paradise Unified School District, which is predicting it will lose about $885,000 worth of revenue next year.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 6:22 PM

Achieve charter high-school is opening in Paradise, and that means bad news for the Paradise Unified School District, which is predicting it will lose about $885,000 worth of revenue next year.

It has been an about 2 year process but it will open in the fall, and, as a result, just next year it's projected to take close to 100 kids form the district.

“Achieve is anticipating that 75% of them will come from current charter schools, and I'm not quite sure where the other 25 would come from,” said Paradise Unified School District interim superintendent Michelle John.

This is all high school. So they're anticipating that about 75 current 8th graders who would normally go to Paradise high will now go to Achieve.

And that's just this year. John says that number is expected to grow by 100 students every year, so they will lose about $3.5 million and about 400 students over the next 4 years.

However, she says the cuts are staying far away from the students.

“We are making no reductions in high school so far as our extracurricular or any of our athletics or visual and performing arts or any of our clubs, none of that is being reduced,” she said.

All of the current cuts are coming from the district office and the administration, but this will, of course, make the cost per student much higher for the district.

“This gives us a chance to re-look at how we do business, work smarter, and be very creative and think outside the box so we can meet the needs of all students.”

She said there will of course be some negatives, and it's hard to lose that many students, but she's confident it will all work out.

“This is a community I’ve lived in for 30 years and we are going to make this work for our students. All students. And we are committed to it.”

Next year, the district’s 9th grade enrollment is expected to drop from the usual about 300 to anywhere from 200-225 students.

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