School district closes in money-saving effort | SierraSun.com

School district closes in money-saving effort

If you try to visit the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District office on a Wednesday from now on, you can expect to find the doors locked and a closed sign in the window.

Beginning June 5, the office will only be open to the public four days per week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday’s from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This schedule will be in effect through the 2002-03 school year.

The cutback in hours is just one of several cost-cutting efforts the district has planned for the upcoming year as TTUSD braces itself for unprecedented state budget cuts for education.

Another cost-saving measure that’s in the works includes an increase in the student-teacher ratio in some grades from 28-1 to 29-1.

“We’re hoping that by doing this, we can save money and prevent having to cut programs for our students,” said TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma. “Closing the office just one day a week could save us as much as $50,000-$75,000 next year.”

Gemma said by closing the office one day per week, district staff will be able to use that time to concentrate on deadlines and daily tasks they usually don’t have time for, thus limited the need for overtime.

While he said he expects no layoffs among district staff, some employees could see a reduction in their hours by as much as 20 percent.

Gemma said that although the office will be closed, people will still be able to call and leave messages at 582-2500.

“I thank the community for it’s understanding,” he said.