CUSD rolls back facility fees

Letter

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Fri, October 22, 2010


At a meeting of the Cabrillo Unified School Board earlier this month the Board unanimously voted to roll the fees for using CUSD facilities back to the 2009 rates. Rates had been increased dramatically as part of an effort to raise revenue before the passage of Measure E. In early 2010 the Board had directed staff to raise the fees for using school rooms and athletic fields to raise an additional $35K per year which resulted in some fees tripling.

The Board recognized that the rate increases were hitting some community groups particularly hard and were having unintended consequences for those groups. They then voted to roll back the rate partially as a way to help support the community in the face of the support that the community gave to CUSD with the passage of Measure E.

This rollback is a great step by CUSD and should be applauded by the whole community. Rolling back the fees will mean that after school programs and community groups that were threatened can be reinstated or assured of continuing. The Board deserves congratulations and thanks for this move.

Todd McGee
Parent of children at Farallone View Elementary
Assistant Cubmaster, Cub Scout Pack 255, Montara


Comment 1
Fri, October 22, 2010 9:30am
Barry Parr
All my comments

I’m glad to see the district is no longer trying to soak the Cub Scouts, which provide an important activity for Farallone View families. The rate hike always seemed punitive.

This is especially important in the unincorporated Midcoast, where we have very few public facilities.

Comment 2
Fri, October 22, 2010 9:35am
Todd McGee
All my comments

Oh, I don’t think it was at all punitive, that’s not being fair to the Board. CUSD is in desperate straits, financially-speaking, and they were just doing what they could to keep programs within the schools funded. Now that they have a little more breathing room they’re being good partners with the community and rolling back the rate increases which had truly unintended negative consequences. 

With the District still running a structural deficit of more than $1 million they were within their rights to keep the cost increases in place, it’s very nice that they were willing to roll them back.

I wonder if people realize that the Cabrillo Adult School was completely eliminated at the end of term last June. The Coastside Chorale, which has been singing for 50 years, was part of this cut, which eliminated two modestly-paid jobs (including mine.) I assume the Board made this decision. As far as I know, there has been no suggestion that the Adult School be restored as a result of the passage of Measure E.

Michaele Benedict,
Montara

Comment 4
Fri, October 22, 2010 1:54pm
jlundell
All my comments

I had just assumed that (almost) nobody was paying it…

Comment 5
Fri, October 22, 2010 4:51pm
Carl May
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So, Measure E wasn’t about funds needed for education after all?