Supervisors will match tutor funds

March 20, 2003 12:00 am

Supevisors will match tutor funds

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

The Calaveras Adult Tutoring Program will get some cash to stay afloat — although not the way its manager originally requested.

To aid the cash-strapped tutoring program, supervisors said in a Monday study session that they would commit up to $7,500 to match donations.

Program Manager Diane Kriletich told supervisors that without at least $6,000 from the county, the program's funding would run dry by the end of June.

The county's commitment will keep the program running for now, but Kriletich said the program will have to operate with just one paid employee — herself — to stay within the program's estimated $42,000 budget for next year.

On the chopping block is the program's literacy assistant. The position will be cut June 13, the last payroll date this fiscal year.

Kriletich also said that with just one paid staff member, it will be harder to train potential tutors.

"What it's going to hurt is people coming into the program," Kriletich said last week. "Over a period of time we will see a difference because people coming in won't get the help they need right away."

Kriletich asked supervisors at the start of the study session Monday for an outright $6,000 donation.

But supervisors noted the program's budget, which contained a projected $9,425 in donations from the community for the next fiscal year and so far has received only $1,588 in gifts.

Supervisors and Kriletich agreed a county match would give people more incentive to donate. Also, the program would need to raise less money on its own.

"They've put the foundation there, now we just have to raise money," Kriletich said after the meeting. "That's good. Dollar-for-dollar is a good match."

If the tutoring program can't raise the $7,500 needed to fulfill its budget needs, Kriletich said the program could be shut down early, but not until after the end of the fiscal year, in June.