El Centro school district’s budget slashed in half since 2007

El Centro school district’s budget slashed in half since 2007

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EL CENTRO, CA - One local school district says their school budget has been cut in half since 2007 and it may be cut even more.

El Centro Elementary School District Superintendent, Robert Pletka, says school budget cuts are far from over.

California Governor Jerry Brown has introduced a proposition that will increase sales tax and taxes for the wealthy to provide aid to public education.

However, the future of the proposition will be in the hands of voters when they hit the polls in November.

Until then, Pletka says they have to plan ahead because the school year starts in July and if the proposition does not pass, they have to be ready for more cuts.

He says they've reached out to a consultant to give the district suggestions on how to balance their budget.

Pletka says the biggest cuts will be in faculty and staff.

He says currently, there is about 30-35 students per teacher in his district.

Even if the proposition passes, he says, they will only get 20 cents on the dollar; which according to Pletka is not enough.

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