Daily Republic Letters: Will FSUSD children be able to use their school libraries?

Leslyn Skog
Librarian, Fairfield-Suisun School District Adult School


To the Fairfield community, including parents of Fairfield-Suisun students, are you aware of the severe cuts in access to school libraries that will result from recent budget cuts? How will this affect our students?

Three years ago, all trained librarians were cut from the elementary schools. The saving grace was that library techs, albeit with reduced hours, were allowed to keep those libraries open and accessible to children. They have done a remarkable job, costing the district little. Now two-thirds of the funding for those library techs is being cut. Volunteers are not allowed, by law, to take on these tasks. Considering the remaining number of tech hours, and the fact that textbook processing and distribution alone require quite a few tech hours, it is my guess that elementary libraries couldn’t possibly be open more than one day per week next year.

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