It was a room packed with staff and tension. It was clear this was not some exercise and staff was very careful to not name specific jobs (and therefore people) in their discussions. The entire Board was present, Dr. Enfield was there the entire time even though she had just learned of a death in the family and Dr. Goodloe-Johnson was not there because of a health issue.
There were 3 handouts:
- Budget Workshop, Feb. 9, 2010
- Central Office Staff Reduction Proposal (note: Central Office, not Central Adm.)
- A hodge-podge of different documents stapled together that included the above proposal, WSS Team Prioritization Reduction, Personal Contracts, etc. These are not vital documents so don't get worried if they are not on-line.
I have two meetings this morning so I'm going to do a quick round-up and come back for detail.
The gap has been reduced (because of some new state numbers) to just under $35M, down from $36.6M.
Basically, to me, the district protected Central Administration very well. Dorothy did a quick accounting of where the cuts came from and here is what she came up with:
Central Administration - 5.7%
Instructional Supports - 47%
Operational Supports - 13%
The Board was given 4 cuts to schools:
- One-third reduction in the Per Pupil (Supply) allocations - up to $3.2M
- Eliminate .50 Elementary Counselor allocations - $2.6M
- Eliminate .50 Certificated core allocations - $.08M
- Eliminate .50 high school intervention specialists - $.04M
So it comes out to about $8.5M in Central Reductions and about $7.6 from schools.
Keep in mind. The idea was to keep cuts from schools. The idea is that our Central Administration is running large. (They hired one internal auditor and are hiring a second AND a manager for the two of them.) The idea was that the cuts from each side would not mirror each other so closely. I truly thought we would see about $10M from Central and maybe $5M from schools.
I can give you lots of detail and go through the list of departments but there are hard choices for schools to make going forward.
There is no appeal to these decisions, I believe. I have no idea why Board members told me that the public could contact them from now until the vote. I can't see how anything could change from here.