Madera Unified School Superintendent Gustavo Balderas has taken the district’s case for an afterschool program grant right to the top. The local school chief jumped into the fray this week and brought the issue to the attention of the state’s Superintendent for Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.
In a telephone discussion with Torlakson, California’s school chief told Balderas that the majority of Madera’s schools would receive the grant, and Balderas has plans for the few schools that may not be funded.
Balderas’ personal interaction with the California Department of Education was announced at the close of Tuesday’s board meeting when he informed trustees on the status of the grant appeal.
The district’s application was denied due to an error on the part of the CDE, which has been confirmed by Chuck Nichols, chief of the state’s afterschool department. Balderas said the district would soon know precisely how many schools will receive grant funds...