Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Empty Performing Arts Center?

1st Posted Jan. 2014
On Friday, Dec. 27th (2013) the Superintendent of Calaveras Unified commented on the state of the district's budget. Mr. Campbell stated the “athletic and music programs are the biggest-ticket items that might be trimmed.”
--Calaveras Enterprise: “No relief in sight for CUSD budget”

As we--parents and citizens of CUSD--look to the near future and to the education of our children, it may very well be that our children will be spending hour upon hour in aged and unhealthy classrooms while a $4 million dollar Performing Arts Center sits empty at Calaveras High School.

For the Record

Unhealthy wall removed--Jenny Lind Elementary: Room #53 
--Some of the classrooms have been noted (or identified) as unhealthy and have a history of causing teachers (and support staff) to become mildly to severely ill.

--In the district, there are a large number of aged portable classrooms (and permenant structured buildings with ongoing roof leaks); most of the aged portables have original carpeting (at JLE a number of the aged portables have carpeting that is 26 years old).

--We have bond money that could have replaced these aged (and/or unhealthy) classrooms.

--Currently the remaining bond money--$4 million--has been obligated by the CUSD board of Trustees to build a Performing Arts Center on the Calaveras High School campus.

--To date, the public has yet to see an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) that verifies the absolute feasability for a PAC (Performing Arts Center) to be built at the Calaveras High School location: Unforeseen Costs for CUSD Performing Arts Center?

"No relief in sight for CUSD budget"
by Mike Taylor
Calaveras Enterprise

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