Ed Report readers, here’s your chance to earn some *EXTRA CREDIT*: 1) Pretend you’re an Oakland school board member. 2) Take a look at these slides, which break down how OUSD spends its money. 3) Tell us where you think the district should cut back. The latest budget cut projection I’ve heard is $28 million.
I have to say, this is by far the most detailed analysis of department-by-department spending I’ve seen in the three years I’ve covered OUSD.
If you look at the slides, you’ll see that the network executive offices for elementary, middle and high schools have a combined budget of more than $3 million (Slide 22), and the OUSD police budget is $5.1 million (Slide 20). Other areas, such as custodial services, receive much less.
What questions do you have about the district’s spending priorities? What services do you believe should remain in place, or receive more funding than they currently do? What areas don’t seem as vital, given the fiscal crisis? Should the district consider central office pay cuts as an alternative to layoffs? What budget information do you want to know that isn’t in this analysis?
The board will be addressing this presentation at a special meeting this evening at the district office. It starts at 5 p.m., and is open to the public.
If you can’t make it, you should be able to catch it live online by going to this page and clicking the “live video meeting” tab. Want to see it later? You can find archived videos of past meetings by going to the board calendar, selecting the meeting you want to see and hitting the “video” button.