Sonoma Valley schools to lose $313K in career education funds

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District is going to lose about $313,000 in funding over the next eight years that the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is now picking up for Career Technical Education.

But instead of cutting the programs that rely on the funding, the district will pick up the cost.

At the Jan. 14 school board meeting, Superintendent Louann Carlomagno told the board that because of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) the state is rolling out, the district will lose $313,292 in funding, although it will only lose $78,323 next fiscal year. The remaining cuts would be phased in over the following seven years.

“The LCFF shifts accountability to the school districts,” Carlomagno told the board.

The funding is for 17 programs, such as parts of the agriculture program, the culinary program and parts of the video program at Sonoma Valley High School.

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