With the Acalanes Union High School District cutting $4.8 million from its 2010-11 school year budget, laying off 57 teachers, and losing about $254 per student, the district will no longer be offering students a seven-period day. This is according to Superintendent John Stockton, in an e-mail message he sent out Wednesday.
He said these cuts will be necessary unless voters in the district pass Measure A, "the Emergency Education Act of 2010." It is a $112-per parcel tax that will last five years. This parcel tax would be levied in addition to the $189 parcel tax, which voters extended indefinitely in November. The Acalanes district includes Walnut Creek's Las Lomas High and Lafayette's Acalanes High.
Stockton warns that these cuts will hurt students in the district, making it possible that they will lose their "competitive edge when applying for college, university and technical schools."
"While some people may see this as a return to a basic education structure of several decades past, many view this as the decimation of one of the most respected high school districts in the nation," he says.
He says that the district will receive less funding next year by the state than it did five years ago. "During the same period, expenses and state mandates have increased. ... Although it is natural for most of us to have cherished memories of our high school years, it is clear that a 20th century education does not meet today's needs. The mastery of complex academic standards with fewer and fewer resources is simply not possible."