2012-03-01 / Front Page

ROP programs are safe next year

Jill Ballinger

After several months of worrying that Mariposa County High School's Regional Occupation Programs (ROP) would be cut because of state budget reductions, the Mariposa County Unified School District has learned that the funding is likely safe for 2012-2013.

Late Wednesday, MCUSD Superintendent Aaron Rosander sent an email to all district staff. In part, the message gave some good news amid a dreary budget season.

"It has been learned through credible sources that funding for ROP will likely remain in effect for 2012-13," Rosander wrote. "Although MCUSD will wait for official word, we are currently optimistic that programs funded through ROP may not be in financial jeopardy next year."

The community has rallied in the face of losing all three career technical education programs at the high school. The ROP funding pays for the fire science, multi-media and agriculture programs at MCHS. Recent board action saw the teachers of these programs as part of the layoff process.

The school board will hold its regular meeting on March 15 at 6:25 p.m. Another special meeting is scheduled for March 29 to continue to address budget shortfalls.

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