School budget town hall coming to Mission Beach Wednesday

The third and fourth in a series of budget town-hall meetings to talk about the future of education funding in the San Diego Unified School District are this week: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Madison High School and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mission Bay High School.

“As Town Hall meetings are held in each area of the city, people are becoming aware of the upcoming draconian cuts in education,” said Board Member John Lee Evans, who will host Tuesday’s meeting. “Last year the Board approved nearly $150 million in cuts that included central office, transportation and outside contracts. We tried to keep the cuts as far away from the classroom as possible.

“With potential cuts of $200 million, the student in the classroom will be severely affected. At this Town Hall we will address whether we as a community are willing to have education so inadequately funded. We need to decide as taxpayers what is important to us.

“We can continue to streamline, but do we want to dramatically increase class size? Do we want to chop months off the school year? I want to hear what the community sees as its priorities. I will take that back to the school board as we develop a budget with very limited funds. Tonight is the opportunity for citizens to weigh in.

“What we have found out from the previous Town Halls is that people do not want to stand for these proposed cuts. At this meeting we will explore ways for San Diegans to unite behind better funding for education.”

The upcoming schedule:

— Dec. 8: Madison High School, Library, 4833 Doliva Drive. Sub-District A, John Lee Evans.

— Dec. 9: Mission Bay High School, Library, 2475 Grand Ave. Mission Beach. Sub-District C, John de Beck.

— Dec. 14: Porter Elementary North, Auditorium, 445 S. 47th St. San Diego. Sub-District E, Shelia Jackson.

The meetings are open to the public.