Thursday, April 23, 2009

Budget Update 4/23/09

The following is provided in the Board’s and my continuing efforts to communicate the status of Sylvan Union School District’s budget and progress towards meeting mandated submission of a balanced budget.

Next Tuesday evening (April 28th) the SUSD Board of Trustees will meet again in the Sanders Elementary Multi-purpose room, beginning at 7:00 p.m.. The Board will consider their options for covering the remaining $2.2 million in reductions for 2009-10 and $2.5 million needed to balance our budget for the 2010-11 school year.

As you know, the Board has identified all major reductions possible that do not impact staff. The following chart identifies those reductions that already have the support of the Board:

The remaining $2.2 million has been separated into the fair share needed from each of our three employee groups:

The Board is in the process of prioritizing which positions will be laid off within each of the above groups in order to meet the reduction targets. They will give direction to me on Tuesday evening. Click on the "Board's Prioritization Form" to the right to see the options being considered.

Three variables could change the targets above:

1. Employee groups could propose a salary reduction for all members in that group. So far the “Unrepresented Groups (Management and Confidential)” have proposed a 3% reduction for next year. CSEA has also met and been authorized to negotiate changes in calendar and/or compensation in an effort to minimize layoffs within their group.

2. The Federal Stimulus funds could be received and, given flexibility, could be applied to reduce our reduction target for the next two years. At this time it is uncertain how much or when this would happen.

3. A lack of passage on May 19th of budget bills could increase the cuts to education even further.

As always, send me your questions or suggestions.

John Halverson

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