BOE Workshop for January 18, 2005
1.) Special Budget Study Session
Background: At the December 13th BOE Meeting, the first interim finacial was presented. During the presentation, the projected $2,400,000 deficit was explained. In addition, a high level summary of over $6,200,000 potential reductions was presented.
Staff presented the itemized list of the $6,000,000+ potential reductions.
Here is a recap of the 25 speakers who spoke:
- Programs Receiving Support from the Speaker:
- Keeping Even Start program at Woodstock School if it closes (5 speakers)
- Maintaining the 6-8 program at Paden School (4 speakers)
- Maintaining the program at WCDC (3 speakers)
- Maintaining Class Size Reduction (3 speakers)
- Maintaining Counselors (3 speakers)
- Maintaining Athletic Stipends (3 speakers)
- Maintaining JROTC (2 speakers)
- Maintaining staffing levels based on enrollment for Health Clerks (1 speaker)
- Questioned why there was no input from the community and employees in developing the list
- Requested that the next workshop be held on the West End
- Request a list of consultants being used by the District
- Challenged the District's assertion that the decline in enrollment was due to the closure of Harbor Island
- Requested a report on what programs are encroaching on the General Fund
- Supported the push for educating parents and High School students on the loss of $35 per day when a student does not attend school
In addition, the California School Employees Association representatives presented its recommendations for program reductions. Among the big items were: closing an elementary school and eliminating class size reduction for K-3. In addition, they recommended the elimination of the Public Relations Office, assigning an additional Principal to 2 schools (i.e. 2 principals for 4 schools), eliminating a vice-principal position at Encinal High school, eliminate the ASTI program and reducing overtime an additional $40,000.
At the Janaury 25th BOE meeting, initial recommendations from staff on which program reductions should be considered will be presented.
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