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Enrollment decline will force $200,000 budget cut

July 10, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria Unified School District will have to cut about $200,000 from its budget for the next school year due to a decline in enrollment, school officials have said.

School district Superintendent James Hanks told district board members during a meeting Monday that Imperial County Office of Education officials suggested the district cut about $380,000 from the budget over the next three years.

School district Business Manager Lori Wigg said ICOE requires schools in deficit spending cut their budgets to prevent any further losses. ICOE must approve all local school's budgets.

Calipatria district officials will make cuts for three years, but the budget will be reviewed on an annual basis by ICOE. No set dollar amount in cuts have been established for the 2002-2003 school year.

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Wigg said a representative from the School Services of California came to the district to suggest where to make budget cuts.

The representative observed everything from staffing to programs, Wigg said, adding the representative will hand his report to the district sometime this month.

The report will include recommendations on where to cut spending.

During the next school board meeting Aug. 13, board members will consider the recommendations and decide where to cut.

In other school district business, board members:

· were introduced to Imperial County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney J. Arterberry, the resource officer for Grace Smith School in Niland. Arterberry is working at school sites as part of a three-year grant the Sheriff's Office obtained through the U.S. Department of Justice COPS in School Program. Arterberry will be at the Niland school Mondays through Thursdays and possibly at Calipatria High School on Fridays.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Charles Jernigan, who was at the meeting to present Arterberry to the board members, said his department would have to get permission from the city's police to let Arterberry on the high school campus. Calipatria police officers already help patrol the high school campus.

· unanimously agreed to move the Imperial County Office of Education's Community School in Calipatria to a classroom next to the continuation school.

The continuation school is located behind the high school, near the football field area.

There are 17 students enrolled in the school.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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