The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on April 18, 2012 at the District Office located at 6225 El Camino Real.
The sole item on the agenda is the Board’s consideration of closing and of closing the facility that houses the programs.
The agenda for the meeting will be available in advance at carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us/boardschd.html.
District Superintendent John A. Roach, Ed.D., states, “These schools are being considered not because of performance, which has been exemplary, but because of enrollment and finances.” He notes that Buena Vista, a Title I school which is celebrating 50 years of educating Carlsbad’s children, has just been named a for its success in closing the achievement gap among different student groups.
Serving 286 students, Buena Vista’s per-student cost is $2,053, which is nearly $800 more than the District-wide elementary school average of $1,263. The CVA/CSA facility serves 188 students and has a per-student cost of $2,356, compared with $1,521 at Carlsbad High School. Closing the two facilities would save the District approximately $1 million each year.
The District faces a projected 2012-13 budget deficit of $5 million. The estimated 2013-14 deficit could be as high as $10.3M. To close the gap and remain solvent, the Board approved $2.3 million in budget cuts in November 2011 and an additional $1.3 million in February 2012. The District is currently negotiating with both employee unions on compensation reductions.
Earlier this year, a Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on School Closure and Reorganization comprised of administrators, principals, staff and parents began meeting. Working on the assumption that Buena Vista and Carlsbad Village/Seaside Academy would close at the end of this school year, the Committee’s closure/reorganization efforts have focused on minimizing impacts to students, staff, families and the community. The Committee’s recommendations will be presented to the Board during this special meeting on April18, 2012.
–Press Release by CUSD