The district found out Wednesday it will have to cut somewhere between $17 million and $34 million from the current year's budget -- and these mid-year cuts might result in school ending about three weeks early.
"I don't know of any other answer," Superintendent Woodrow Carter said at today's Coffee Chat in San Juan Capistrano. He said he doesn't even know where he'll find $1 million to cut, let alone the millions he'll need to find in the next couple of months. CUSD already slashed $20 million from this year's budget, and will need to cut $20 million to $30 million for next year's budget.
For these mid-year cuts, Carter said he's going to run the district like a business. If the funds aren’t there, the education can't be there -- which could lead to a furlough, amounting to about three weeks worth of school. What about teachers' contracts that have already been signed for the year?
"All of us will have to take cuts in pay," said Carter, who said he hasn't spoken to the union about it yet.
And the future? The low levels of funding for our district is something that needs to be changed through the legislature, and people need to realize the importance of making that happen, Carter said -- and others agreed. It's going to take a unified board of trustees and it's going to require representatives knocking on the office doors of elected officials ... once those officials are elected next Tuesday.