Fremont school board chops $9 million from budget, keeps funding for police on campuses

FREMONT — With the threat of a financial takeover from Alameda County education officials looming and community debate intensifying over whether to keep paying for police on campuses, Fremont’s school board has shaved nearly $9 million from the upcoming school year’s budget by eliminating vacant positions, dipping into its reserves and delaying the opening of a Warms Springs elementary school.

In doing so, they managed to avoid further increasing class sizes, furloughing employees, or laying off custodians — appeasing many students, teachers, and some parents who urged the board to avoid those measures.

The district, which serves about 35,000 students across more than 40 schools, and operates on a roughly $400

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