2012-01-19 / Front Page

School district prepares for disaster

By Jill Ballinger, Gazette Editor

There is a storm brewing in state government as the governor’s newest budget proposal has been unveiled. The clouds are particularly dark over the Mariposa County Unified School District.

Officials there are battening down the hatches, and preparing for the disaster that the latest state budget catastrophe might cause. Confidence is high that the forecast is dim, and the skies are darkening.

MCUSD administration is preparing for the coming fiscal year much in the way people prepare for a pending natural disaster. The problem this time is that the “storm” could be compared to Hurricane Katrina, and local education agencies are as ill-equipped to handle its damage as the City of New Orleans.

Already, the district has lost  more than $600,000 in home-to-school transportation (bus) funding. School buses will continue to run until school is out in June because the district made drastic cuts.

Read all the details in this week's Mariposa Gazette, your only source for original local news coverage.

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