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Write a Letter: Support Our Schools

Big Bear, Ca, February 3, 2012, 12:00pm – Due to the recent announcement by Governor Brown regarding the cutting of funds for the Home-to-School transportation budget by $800,000 in the Bear Valley Unified School District, a few concerned teachers and parents are taking action. The cuts proposed would force the removal of school bus service from our valley, resulting in many children being forced to find their own way to school. On February 7th at 5:00 PM at Big Bear Middle School, there will be a letter writing campaign to encourage the legislative budget committee to pass SB 81, which would repeal the cuts from school transportation.  Jill Zamoyta, former teacher, concerned parent and wife of Paul Zamoyta, one of BVUSD’s trustees, is helping lead the cause and told KBHR that “Taking away busing in Big Bear would be devastating to not only schools and children, but also families and the economy in general. No transportation means reduced attendance, thereby reducing the amount of funds coming into the district that have been decimated by the state. In addition, the logistical consequences, such as traffic at school sites during drop-off and pick-up, would present a huge problem, and possibly be dangerous as well.”  The organizers of the letter writing event are asking for every community member to come and spend a few minutes writing a letter to express the devastating...

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Governor’s Budget Hits BVUSD Hard: Workshop Set To Discuss Options

Big Bear, Ca, January 24, 2012, 12:00pm – The Bear Valley Unified School District will hold a board workshop meeting tomorrow in the Big Bear Middle School Library.  This meeting will be filled with important discussions and decisions due to the recent release of the budget by Governor Brown, and its devastating impact on the BVUSD budget.   Paul Zamoyta, one of BVUSD’s trustees on the board expressed his frustration on Facebook after the budget was announced stating: “IT ELIMINATES BUS FUNDING! That’s another 800K hit to our school district on top of another 900+K in other non-transportation related cuts. This is all in addition to the 1.3M we still have to cut this year. (Can you imagine what our district would look like without buses? Fewer students will attend school, thus even less money for our district, creating even more of a money problem. And operationally, can you imagine the traffic jam that dropping students off would look like?”  Zamoyta continued to ask for help, saying “this is staggering.”  The meeting will focus on the budget issue, as exploring alternate funding sources is first on the workshop agenda.  Board members will look into the advantages and disadvantages of a General Obligation Bond, Parcel Tax, and technology endowment.  Board members will also look into a possible reconfiguring of schools where one of the elementary schools would house Kindergarten through second...

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