Budget cuts among issues for schools in 2008 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Budget cuts among issues for schools in 2008

Sara Thompson

The new year brings new challenges for education in the South Shore with new hires, budget cuts, and a controversial consolidation.

School boards for the college, Lake Tahoe Unified School District and Douglas County School District will need to come up with solutions to overcome these obstacles.

Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) will be searching for its next president. A search committee was formed last year, and is made up of students, faculty, classified staff, community and administrative members. LTCC Trustee Roberta Mason is chairing the committee.

If everything goes according to schedule, the college could hire a new president by May.

Kingsbury Middle School will be closing after the school year ends, and students will be split between Whittell High School and Zephyr Cove Elementary School.

Some parents are fired up over the consolidation and have demanded the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees put the issue back on the agenda since high radon levels were detected at the elementary school.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District may be in for another loss of funding for the new year.

When Congress adjourned from its first session, it failed to renew the Secure Rural Schools Act for 2008. The state of California could lose $68 million of education funds if the act is not reauthorized when congress reconvenes.

For Douglas County School District, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons cut more than $96 million from Nevada’s education fund. The coming year will be a challenge for education administrators to work with yet another shortage of funding.

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