By Katy Murphy
Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 12:50 pm in curriculum, elementary schools, families, finances, high schools, initiatives, middle schools, OUSD central office, School board news, students, teachers.
A central office hiring freeze, closure of the OTAP truancy center, cuts to special education and to schools, and fewer academic coaches are among the ways OUSD’s staff proposes to shrink the district’s general purpose spending by about $29 million in 2009-10.
To put that in perspective, the district’s general purpose budget – also known as ”unrestricted” money, meaning it can be spent on any school program — is currently $230 million. You can read the 29-page presentation here.
With some exceptions, the proposal doesn’t spell out which programs and departments might be axed entirely, and which might be funded from a different pot. It says, for example, that the central office would shoulder 77 percent of the general purpose cuts — a reduction of a whopping 42 percent. But some of those central office programs might be funded through other grants, so it’s hard to tell at this point what the bottom line will be.
School districts have until March 15 to issue layoff notices, so maybe some of the specifics have yet to be figured out.
What do you make of the proposal? Oakland’s new CFO, Vernon Hal, presents it at this Wednesday’s board meeting, 1025 Second Ave., if you want to ask questions or add your two cents. Note: Closed session starts at 5 p.m. now, instead of 4. Here is the agenda.
Note of clarification: I listed the wrong TAP center originally. Apparently there is a TAP (Temporary Alternative Placement Center), as well as an OTAP (Oakland Truancy Attendance Program). OTAP is the one that might be shut down.