Meeting Date:   3/9/2010 - 7:30 PM
Category:   Business/Action Items
Type:   Action
Subject:   14.2 Public Hearing and Action on Additional Budget Reductions Including Flexibility Transfers Authorized by SBX3 4
Strategic Plan
Policy:  
Enclosure Budget Reduction List
CST Reduction List
Graduation Requirement Comparison
File Attachment:  
Budget Reduction List.pdf
CST Reduction List.pdf
Grad Req Comparison.pdf
Summary In order to create a balanced budget and receive a positive certification for our Second Interim Report we need to reduce our budget by $15,701,400 annually. Therefore, staff is recommending the following budget reductions:

1. Reduce Special Education by an average of $2.8M annually for the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 school years. In April, staff will share with the CAC recommended reductions based on the MGT Report, declining student enrollment, and other staff identified reductions prior to sharing the recommendations with the Board.

2. Reduce district-wide office support staff positions to create a $1.2 M savings. Please see the attached Excel spreadsheet for the details of these reductions.

3. Transfer another 1.5M from the Tier III categoricals. Staff will present these reductions at the Board meeting.

4. Change the comprehensive high school graduation requirements so that students need 20 credits of math and 200 total credits. Change the alternative high school, necessary small high schools, and adult education graduation requirements so students need 20 credits of math and 180 credits. All other graduation requirements would remain the same. These reductions will not impact students’ ability to complete the UC/CSU “a-f” requirements. The savings from these changes to the graduation requirements would occur through reduction and elimination of regular education high school summer school programs and concurrent enrollment classes. The anticipated savings from summer school and concurrent enrollment program over the next three years is projected at $400,000 annually. Please see the accompanying documentation that shows our current graduation requirements and surrounding districts’ graduation requirements.

5. Achieve $9.8M in on-going savings through a combination of the following negotiable items: establishing furlough days for this year and the next three years; beginning next year cap medical benefits at the current rates; beginning next year make medical benefits proportional to the time worked; beginning next year reduce elementary prep to 1.5 hours per week regardless of grade level; beginning next year eliminate the employee assistance program; beginning 2011-12 school year reduce retiree benefits to employee only until 65 years old; and beginning next year end the vacation buy back program for classified and administrative positions. (see attachments)

Note that the Board may take action on any item on the list.
Funding Various district programs including “Tier 3” categorical flexibility transfers
Fiscal Impact
Recommendation Approve recommended reduction as presented.
Approvals:  
Recommended By:
Signed By:  
Loreen Joseph - Secretary to the Superintendent
Signed By:  
Steven Lawrence - Superintendent
Vote Results: