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Briefly In Education

December 22, 2011

School district prepared for state cuts

The Laguna Beach Unified School District reported that it reserved funds in anticipation of low state revenues and cuts, which went into effect last week under Gov. Jerry Brown.

When the state Legislature adopted the budget in July, it anticipated higher revenues than came to pass, said district Assistant Supt. of Business Services Norma Shelton.

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Initially, it looked like the state was going to pull $189 per student, but enough revenue was generated to reduce the deficit to $13 per student, Shelton said.

The state also pulled home-to-school transportation funding.

The cuts to Laguna Beach schools add up to $225,000.

However, Shelton said all school districts planned for major cuts.

"We had anticipated that this would occur because we monitored on a monthly basis how the state was collecting revenue," she said.

The state's budget will be proposed again in January.

"Everyone is just waiting to see how the economy bounces back," she said.

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Local company donates to Boys & Girls Club

Don and Summer Meek, founders of The SOUL Project, donated $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach last month.

The SOUL Project is an apparel company that started in Laguna Beach this summer and partners with local charities. One dollar from each of its Laguna products sold goes to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and the South Orange County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

"Our idea in launching The SOUL Project is to protect the future of each of these places by supporting groups that work on the future — kids and the environment — in a grass-roots way," Summer Meek said in a statement. "We designated the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach as our kids' charity and are so glad to be able to make this donation today."

SOUL Project items can be purchased at soulproject.com, Hobie Sports and Laguna Surf & Sport.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, visit http://www.bgclagunbeach.org.

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Preschoolers receive holiday cheer

Children of the Even Start Preschool Program at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach experienced some holiday cheer in the last couple weeks, with surprising donations and a visit by Santa Claus.

The preschool is a free program for 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income households.

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