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Jonah Armstrong

Jonah Armstrong

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The recent budget cuts have caused some problems for students and staff at Taft High. Some students are not happy with the possible termination of the Driver’s Educational program and other likely changes. Taft High is paying two business managers to do the job of one, as Hagstrom continues to be on paid administrative leave. Uncertainty about where the limited resources will be used is raising concerns.

We were able to get some student input on the possible removal of the Driver’s Ed. program. Noah Popejoy said, “I don’t like the idea of removing driver’s ed.” Mataya Arguelles said, “It’s not fair for those who haven’t taken it yet.” Many students, who have not taken the class, seem displeased with the possible cut. Cavazos also gave some input on driver’s ed changes; she said, “Right now it has just been removed from summer school, and the board will be voting on it soon.” The end of the Driver’s Ed. program may be near.

However, it is possible that the cafeteria will be improved in the future. Cavazos said, “Once we get our budget under control, we can start working on this.” When the budget is more stable, there are plans to improve the cafeteria.

Also, with Hagstrom on paid administrative leave, and DeMoes stepping in, we are paying two staff members to do one job. According to Transparent California, Hagstrom’s salary was over $200,000 after benefits. This proves to be a costly way to deal with Hagstrom’s absence, since we are now paying two people to manage the business office.

Jonah Armstrong
Dr. Blanca Cavazos, Taft Union High School District Superintendent

Superintendent Blanca Cavazos was able to give us some information regarding budget concerns. Cavazos said, “We are currently working on that,” regarding getting out of the GESFA contract with Kern High School District that costs Taft High millions each year. Doing this would help our budget situation substantially.

 

 

 

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