Plumas County to Close School Libraries
Plumas County Public Schools will likely close its libraries next year as a cost cutting measure, and several rural California school districts teeter on the edge of bankruptcy, as critical federal funding stops at year’s end
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Last session, congress
failed to reauthorize a bill that paid rural governments for the loss of tax
dollars once generated by timber harvest on federal lands. The end of these Forest Reserve Funds as
they’re known, and a steady decline in student population, are forcing tough
decisions on Plumas County school superintendent Mike Chelotti.
We’ve done so many reductions in this district over
the past four or five years that basically all we have left is transportation,
special education aids, and then our libraries … and uh … you get away from
that, we’ve basically cut everything else there is to go.
Sports will also be cut, and
in addition to the librarians, as many as six administrators will loose their
jobs unless funding is restored.
According to Chelotti, the district may even have to close their
cafeterias to stave off bankruptcy.
Congress will reconsider the Payments to States program sometime next
Brian Bahouth KXJZ News