By John Hernandez
San Manuel Miner
New Oracle School District Superintendent Dennis Blauser said he likes being the superintendent and loves living and working in Oracle. “I have been at this school 11 years and always lived in the community,” he said. “Right now the school is all community based.”
Principal Nannette Soule grew up in the area. “I know a lot of people in the Tri-Community and SaddleBrooke,” she said. “We have a lot of volunteers from these communities that help immensely.” She also noted that the school board is great to work with. “I love it here!” said Soule.
Blauser said what he likes about being superintendent is that, “You have a lot more control over the direction the school district is going.”
Blauser said that the biggest challenge for the school district will be finances. “This is a problem for all school districts,” he said. “We are working hard to improve our financial situation and making progress.” Blauser wanted to remind everyone about the upcoming budget override election. “We need help with the physical plant of the school district.” The override is a renewal of the budget override issue of 2004 where voters approved a 15 percent increase in the district’s funding. The district is trying to continue the present level of local funding, otherwise in the fiscal year 2014/15 the funding will be reduced by one-third and in fiscal year 2015/16 by another two-thirds. Failure to renew the override will mean the district’s budget will decrease by, between $240,000 and $270,000, which would be devastating to the school district. Approval of the override will just renew the same tax structure and funding that has been in effect since 2004. There will be no increase in taxes!