The new superintendent for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School district is already talking about making changes to the school district’s budget.
The district announced yesterday that Dr. Curt Dubost was chosen to lead as superintendent. Today, Dr. Dubost said he plans to work out the details and possible ways to save money right up front.
“The lion’s share of the cuts have been made already,” said Dr. Dubost. “I will reiterate the commitment from the board, that I share, that the cuts need to be as made as far away from the classroom as we possibly could.”
Dr. Dubost says Paso Robles is his home town and he has deep family roots in the district. That includes a grandmother who taught in the district with Virginia Peterson, the namesake of Peterson Elementary school.
“That’s the highest priority for me is to do right by the kids in my hometown,” he said.
The new superintendent also said he hopes to unify the district between competing factions.
“I sense that more than anything the culture needs to change to one of cooperation, to everybody pulling in the same direction,” he said. “I think we need to change just a little bit how we do things.”