Island of Alameda, “[Alameda Unified School] District set to slash child care programs” (Aug. 10, 2010)
“District set to slash child care programs”
Michele Ellson [Aug. 10, 2010]
Alameda Unified School District officials are getting set to cut toddler and school-age child care programs for next year in anticipation of state funding cuts to those programs.
Toddler and school-age programs offered at Woodstock Child Development Center, Ruby Bridges Elementary School and Haight Elementary School will cease after August 27. But the district’s other preschool programs will remain in place, district officials are set to tell the Board of Education tonight, and they’re expected to serve 100 children during the school year.
Alameda Unified is one of many California school districts shuttering child care programs, district officials said, because without a state budget in place, they’re not sure the state will be paying for them this year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s May budget proposal slashes funding for the programs, though Democrats who control the state Legislature want to maintain that funding.
Woodstock Child Development Center director Carol Barton notified families on July 26 that the programs would be eliminated. The toddler program served 24 children year-round last year; the school-age care program served 120 children.
Also on the school board’s agenda tonight: The board will consider a $320,000 loan to the new Academy of Alameda Middle School, which is set to open its doors in the former home of Chipman Middle School this fall. The district is seeking to loan the charter the money to assist it with cash flow problems district officials said will be caused by deferrals of state funding for the school.
The one-year loan is expected to be paid back, with 2 percent interest, by June 30, 2011.
Also, the board will consider layoff notices that are expected to save the district about $390,000 next year. The bulk of the savings would come from cuts to special education services.