By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
Cost-cutting measures and naming a new trustee were the main topics discussed at the first Vallejo City Unified School District meeting of the new year with the newly elected and re-elected trustees.
Superintendent Adam Clark explained that the combination of continued debt repayment, declining enrollment and other factors has created a $22 million structural deficit that must be dealt with.
Over the past couple of decades, about half the former student population has been lost to surrounding districts, private schools and charter schools. However, the district continues to maintain the same number of school sites, he said. There are also issues with absenteeism among students and teachers that cost the district money.