Dolz’s education plan

I  recently heard Tony Dolz (candidate for Conejo Valley school board) speak about his plan to prevent cuts to education and prevent up to 35 teachers from losing their jobs.

Even under the best case scenario that Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition  30 tax increase is approved, the Conejo Valley Unified School District would still have a projected budget deficit of $7 million.

Instead of giving the public a say at the ballot box, Peggy Buckles and Betsy Connolly (incumbents seeking re-election) support Superintendent Jeff  Baarstad’s plan for building a new high school, partially funded with $3.8 million from a district land sale.

If the superintendent’s plan goes through, it would do nothing to address the school district’s budget deficit, leaving parents, students, teachers and employees to feel the full impact of $7 million in cuts.

Dolz’s plan is to give taxpayers the right to vote on a school construction bond in 2014. Tony wants to avoid budget cuts and save up to 35 teachers’ jobs by applying the $3.8 million from the land sale to the school district’s deficit.

I will be voting for Tony Dolz and his plan on Nov. 6.

– Jason Kemmerer,

Thousand Oaks

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