Budget Cuts

Jennifer Medrano, Writer

Bassett is experiencing cuts in classes and staff, and to the confusion of many.

Is Bassett in debt? Is Bassett going to close down soon? What’s going to happen to all the classes we need?

These are a few of the questions that have been revolving around campus, and to be fair, they have a reason to be concerned.

To clarify on some questions, Bassett is not closing down. Many think that is the case since the budget is low, but no.

Carla Mahaffey, President of the BUSD teacher’s  union, said, “We must do something to increase student enrollment in our schools. An increase to the number of students attending our schools will increase funding to Bassett. The decline in enrollment greatly affects our yearly budget.”

The thing that is changing in Bassett is that the budget is lessened so there will be less money to go around. And most of that is due to the low enrollment that Bassett is experiencing.

The district and its administrators are making plans that can accommodate the new budget.

The principal, Mr. Fernandez, said, “When things are being cut you have to look at what’s important. This year, we spent a lot on field trips because we wanted to spend money where the students can enjoy the budget. We’re taking a look at where the school is doing well and we’re trying to make it better.”

There was discussing of teachers and other staff being let go, but there is still uncertainty as the final tally has not been decided.

The main thing administrators are certain about is that they wish to keep classes and resources that would help students succeed and graduate, much like how the computers for the next years sophomores are still coming in as previously planned.

If you’re curious on how classes are being picked to cut, the district determines which classes have a high passing rate and which don’t have high passing rates and then they make the choice from there.

However, there are plans to make other classes offered through other means, like Mt. SAC.

Many students aren’t too happy about some classes being cut, but the dual enrollment program does offer some relief to certain people.

“I really wanted this one class for next year, but they’ve decided to cut it, so I’m kind of unsure of what to put in its place,” said Juan Lopez (10)

With the students in mind, Bassett wishes to push more money to art and music since they want students to have an outlet for their creativity.

“It’s a bummer that the budget was lessened, but there could be some good aspects. I’m just interested on how different the school is going to be in a year or two,” Aaron Oculto (11).

Ultimately, Bassett wishes to have teachers and the community share what they believe would benefit the students and help them succeed later on.