Several of us have seen advance notice of what Central Administration cuts lead staff is going to present to the Board this afternoon/evening at the Board Work Session on the budget.
What I saw almost borders on the ridiculous. There are, to the naked eye, almost no coaching cuts. There are also no senior level cuts (and that's where we would save money).
It is also confusing what they suggested and what got saved.
Example: 10 people work in Child Nutrition Services - no cuts. Enrollment/Planning has 6.5; they would cut 2.3.
Example of total elimination of work: cut all from the following: International Education (.5), Mail Services (1), Native American Education (.07), Native American (1), Risk Management (.9).
Example: Systemic Interventions - sounds like an important thing to fund - it would go from 7 people down to 2.5. But Visual/Perf Arts, at 8, would go down just one position. How are interventions less important than arts?
Biggest hit? 36 of 90 positions in Maintenance with the notation - "Maintenance will be limited to emergency incidents only." Frankly, at the point maintenance is, I'm not sure anyone would notice.
Coupled with these ideas for cuts are explanations of what it might mean and guess what? They ALL seem pretty dire. There's even language in there about not being able to be compliant with state regs or be able to provide an audit trail. Not going to fly. Part of the job of any government entity is following the regs.
After looking at it, I wrote to the Board about my suggestions about shaping the budget but here's what I had to say on what I saw in this staff list:
Either you stand up to the Superintendent and REALLY tell her no, the Strategic Plan has got to slow down, have some things suspended, whatever. These cuts do NOT reflect that understanding. I don't know if she thinks she can snow you or if you won't notice or, worst of all, if you will give in.
Please, go to the Supplemental Levy funds if you must. But please, stand up for what you know is right.