The Curry Coastal Pilot

Drastic cuts to programs and staff are about to be implemented at public schools in Brookings and Gold Beach. for the 2011-12 school year.

Recent headlines in the Pilot read: "Eight people laid off at Brookings schools" and "Gold Beach teachers, sports top list of cuts."

The decisions are necessary to satisfy budget deficits andndash; $800,000 in Brookings and $1.2 million in Gold Beach. More cuts are expected in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, rumors are swirling through the community as teachers, parents and citizens wring their hands and speculate on what will be eliminated next.

We suggest you do more than wring your hands and speculate. Attend the next Brookings Harbor School District budget committee meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday, at Kalmiopsis Elementary School library. The Central Curry School District budget committee will next meet on May 25 and 26. Don't miss these opportunities to learn of the latest, most accurate proposals, and to voice your opinion andndash; public comment is generally accepted during these meetings.

The school budget crisis is an inherently emotional and adversarial phenomenon. It demands that people from all sides of the issue remain calm and willing to consider all options.

An "us versus them" approach benefits nobody andndash; especially our children.

The reality is, don't complain about the situation, but get involved and offer support andndash; and insightful suggestions andndash; to make the reality a little less painful.