Two thirds of a million dollars for school district


Federal Education Jobs Fund allocations announced

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell has announced preliminary calculations on how much local educational agencies will receive under the federal Education Jobs Fund, and the Cabrillo Unified School District is slated to receive as much as $628,214 in new, one-time monies as a direct result of this legislation signed into law last month by President Barack Obama.

The funding is designed to save jobs in California schools by retaining, recalling, or rehiring former employees and to hire new employees to provide early childhood, elementary, or secondary educational services. Districts that shortened their school year can also use the funds to add back days to the school year calendar. Funds may not be used for general administrative expenses.

“This is great news for us,” Cabrillo Unified Superintendent Rob Gaskill noted. “A year ago we were preparing to make over two million dollars in cuts. Now thanks to our Coastside community’s support for Measure E and these new monies, we are beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Districts have two years to expend the so called “Jobs Bill” dollars. According to Cabrillo’s Superintendent, that’s a good problem to have.

“We’ll know more when we finally have a state budget in place, but these dollars could provide us with the ability to sit down with our employee groups to discuss eliminating some or all of the furlough days next year and re-establishing a full 180-day school year for students in 2011-2012,” Gaskill noted. “These dollars may also give the Board just enough breathing room to forgo any additional discussions of potential program cuts and lay-offs for next school year, as well. And that would be a great thing for employee and community morale.”

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