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Oxnard may cut school year to save money

October 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Oxnard Union School Board is looking to cut back the school year in order to save money.Assistant superintendent of business services Randy Winton says that cutting the current 183 days down to 177 would save the district about $4.2 million.

The district has lost $20 million in state funding this year alone.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers agreed earlier this year to allow districts to cut their school years down to as few as 175 days, in an effort to curb state cuts in education funding.

The six-day cut would translate into a 3.5 percent decrease in salary for Oxnard Union employees.

The school board must still vote on a final agreement.

Numerous Ventura County school districts approved furloughs this school year, but Ojai Unified is the only district so far to cut actual school days, eliminating five.

The Ventura County Star contributed to this report.

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