Monday, 04 December 2023

Konocti board plans special Wednesday meeting to discuss budget measures

LOWER LAKE – The Konocti Unified School District Board of Trustees will have a tough decision before it when it sits down to a special Wednesday meeting to discuss what action to take in the face of a $1.2 million budget cut in the coming fiscal year.


The board will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the Lower Lake High School gym, 9430-A Lake St., Lower Lake.


During the past month board members Mary Silva, Anita Gordon, Herb Gura, Carolynn Jarrett and Hank Montgomery have hosted meetings around the district to take public input on ways to remedy the budget shortfall.


A March 4 meeting, also held at the new Lower Lake gym, featured the last of several public hearings on the matters before the district.


At that time, the board also approved giving out layoff notices to 52 teachers and notifying six administrators that they may be released at the end of the year. District officials said they hope to keep all the administrators and to hire back most of the teachers.


On Wednesday, it will be the board's turn to finally discuss the matter amongst themselves, which Superintendent Dr. Bill MacDougall said at the March 4 meeting that they've been unable to do so far because of the requirements of the Brown Act.


At the March 4 meeting, MacDougall also gave the board his proposal for how to move forward, which includes closing Oak Hill Middle School, a move estimated to save the district anywhere from $400,000 to $1 million if curriculum realignment measures also took place at other schools.


He asked the board to keep class size reduction measures in place, which will benefit students and save the jobs of 15 teachers.


School board members are scheduled to discuss both the consolidation and class size reduction proposals on Wednesday.


The meeting agenda is available online at the district's Web site, www.konoctiusd.lake.k12.ca.us.


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