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How to cut costs in the San Diego School District

We are a group of concerned parents and community members brainstorming ways to cut costs by reducing program, eliminating waste, while improving the educational experience for our students.

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Created:over 14 years ago
Activity:almost 4 years ago
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Be cautious when eliminating programs. Regardless of technological advances, a well rounded education with a very diverse curriculum is essential to the total development of these children. Look at basics: recycling; dry erase boards; energy efficient lighting and electrical equipment; parent and community volunteers; lease rather than purchase equipment; solicit gift card contributions from neighborhood businesses that have an inventory of items useful in the school; and above all, BELIEVE!
Remember that education is a team project - you, the child and the teacher all collaborating, due to technological advances young folk need to know how to understand a wider scope of information than you - when we were young we looked at materials in depth, the world does not work like that today, you must support and consolidate the work done in schools. embrace the learning process and realise that it is a lifelong experience - p.s. invite me in to solve the problem - Jimmy (Scotland)
Involve your smartest 100 students from each school in this brainstorm and they will do a much better job in coming up with useful ideas for you.
How about replacing paper, wherever possible within the schools, with re-usable whiteboards? Similarly, replacing printed-ink printouts with handwritten notes on whiteboards to reduce the cost of printing ink.
Allow parents to volunteer to teach special activity classes based on their skills/talents.
Eliminate year-round school schedules
Reduce 6th grade camp to 2 days/1 night instead of 4 days/3 nights
Go to 1 half-day per month instead of 1 per week
Run a Kaizen event on transportation to explore ways to reduce costs and bus routes
Benchmark program spending and make the data available to the public
Eliminate the Old Town Week program in 5th grade