Staffing cuts approved by Folsom school officials

By: Eyragon Eidam, Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to make reductions to classified staff for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year during the April 11 board meeting.

The decision came as a last-ditch response to the reduction and elimination of several programs and services which had previously been offered within the district.

Ed Short, board president, said the loss of funding and other financial variables were the driving forces behind the need to make such cuts, but continued quality education and opportunities for students remain a priority for the administration.

“We are doing our very best to ensure that we continue to provide our students with the highest quality education and opportunities,” said Short in a written statement. “The reductions in classified staff were made because there remains significant uncertainty whether the funding streams will remain available.”

While the current budgetary situation for classified staff working in programs like libraries and computer labs remains a serious one, Short remains optimistic as the district looks for possible solutions to the problem.

“While we have had to reduce our budget over the years, we are confident that we will find solutions to keep our program offerings available,” wrote Short.

The board also heard from parent Rob Thomas, who was concerned by his child’s inability to obtain regular access to the library at school without a reservation.

As it stands, the board will be taking a closer look at the balance of services and available technology to make the appropriate adjustments to the district’s educational model and offerings, according to officials.

The restructuring of the Mather Youth Academy and the Mather Youth Opportunity Programs for the 2013-2014 school year was also addressed during the meeting.

Proponents of the 20-year-old program argue a military component is necessary for children who are unresponsive to standard disciplinary action, while opponents argue hardened students do not respond to this type of structure.

More conversation regarding a move from the military-style program to a “more preventative model” will be addressed at a later date as part of the budget discussion in order to preserve the functioning parts of the program.