Mt. Diablo Unified cuts another $4 million

February 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
There was another round of painful budget cuts for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

The board voted Tuesday night to slash another $4 million out of its two-year budget. That means fewer counselors, tutoring programs, textbooks, adult education classes, and staff training programs.

Based on the governor's announcement in January, that more state reductions are coming, school officials say this is just a fraction of the cuts that will be made.

On trustee lashed out at Sacramento.

"It's sad that we all have to gather in a room and argue about what we are going to or not going to take away from our kids, when the legislature and the governor sit up in Sacramento and have more or less a 10 to 15 percent approval rating and are continually reelected time and time again," said school trustee Gary Eberhart.

Mt. Diablo has already reduced its budget by $16 million, but has to cut $35 million more. The next round of cuts could call for three percent pay cut, two furlough days, and maxing out class sizes to 45 students.