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Wednesday, April 27 1018 Casitas Pass Rd. • 684-4815


Shaving with a machete School district braces for scary season of


funding cuts


BY PETER DUGRÉ peter@coastalview.com Carpinteria unified


School district admin- istrators and school board members have obsessively studied the school district’s finances over the past few months. There are more questions than answers. Board mem- bers recently sched- uled another special meeting, which like the last three is dubbed a “budget study ses- sion.” While going over the books with a fine-toothed comb, the powers that be are reluctantly scrambling to decide what student programs can stand to take a shave or be eliminated all together. Necessitating the constant analysis of


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Superintendent Paul Cordeiro and Assistant Superintendent Cindy Abbott look over grim funding projections while preparing for difficult times ahead for Carpinteria Unified School District.


Any program cuts the district enacts to


current and future budgets is the loom- ing prospect of an up to $2.7 million funding cut to the district’s operating budget, an unprecedented amount that if enacted would send the district—at current spending rates—on a short path to insolvency. The $2.7 million figure is a worst-case scenario, but Assistant Superintendent Cindy Abbott says at least a $1.3 million cut for Carpinteria schools is all but written into the 2011- 2012 California state budget. Wrangling in Sacramento that will play out over the next several months will determine the final amount.


meet its revenue shortfall will be painful, Abbott said. “So much has already been squeezed,” she added in reference to the past three years of cuts. “That’s why when you look at the options now it goes to the heart of things … We’re running out of places to cut.” In the 2011-2012 school year, kinder-


garten through third-grade classes will likely have over 25 students in them, at least five more than the district goal of 20 students per classroom. The home school program is on the chopping block. A music teacher might go. Before and after


BUDGET CUTS continued on page 10


Whimsy gets green certified


BY LEA BOYD lea@coastalview.com


This spring Whimsy Town & Country joined an elite


group of green certified Santa Barbara County busi- nesses and became the first green certified business in Carpinteria. Over the last few months, owners Alan and Karen Clark worked with the county’s Green Business program to closely examine all aspects of their Linden Avenue shop and adjust their practices to best serve both the environment and their customers. “It was a great feeling,” Karen said of the final certi-


fication. “We had accomplished what we set out to do.” Karen said that she and her husband live by a green philosophy and have always made environmental decisions when it comes to their businesses. Green cer- tification, she said, was a natural fit. Still, the process required them to scrutinize all angles of their antiques store—from the amount of water flushed down the toilet to the way employees commute to work. The Green Business certification is free, and program


director, Frances Gilliland, works hand in hand with business owners to complete the process. Applicants are given a workbook with a comprehensive list of green recommendations; they must meet a minimum number of earth-friendly qualifications in order to earn certifica- tion. The process can take anywhere from a few months to over a year depending on the type of business and the amount green progress already made. The costs for Whimsy to become certified were


minimal because several green elements were in place already. The shop already had energy efficient lighting, a low-flow toilet and recycled paper products. Heating and cooling, which can greatly increase a business’s carbon footprint, were non-issues. Whimsy has no air conditioning system and relies on sweaters rather than heaters on cold days.


WHIMSY continued on page 4 SuBmITTed By mArK rOGerS


Taylor Rogers, 4, waits patiently for a nibble while the April 17 evening sun slides low on the horizon. The pint-sized fisherwoman caught a pint-sized surf perch that afternoon, an impressive prize for her first fishing excursion. She showed the boys—dad Mark Rogers, brother Justin Rogers, and friends Marco, Nico and Ryan Sanchez—that girls can catch dinner, too.


Karen and Alan Clark took their already green business and made it even greener to qualify for certification through Santa Barbara County.


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