Attempts by Santa Barbara City College to deal with $5 million in budget cuts are affecting more than college students and continuing education programs… co-operative preschools in Santa Barbara are feeling the pinch too.
For over 50 years, SBCC has provided The Oaks Parent Child Workshop, and two other preschool co-ops, with a tenured director. The co-ops raise the money for operating expenses, and City College flips the bill for a director. Recently, the long-time director for The Oaks retired and now SBCC is trying to save money by eliminating that position altogether reducing the director from a fully tenured position to a minimally qualified part-time position, which could decimate the program.
Adding insult to injury, SBCC President Andreea Serban and the Board of Trustees are reportedly refusing to put the “cut” on the agenda for discussion. This slight has forced parents to take out full-page ads and appeal to the community directly.
If you’d like to help Save The Oaks, and other cooperative preschools in Santa Barbara, contact information for the SBCC Board of Trustees is listed below the fold.