Update: If your software is stuck in the early 2000s, as mine is, and you had trouble opening the budget proposal, try this version. (It takes longer than usual to load; I almost gave up when testing it out.)
Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith’s proposal to cut next school year’s budget by $39 million includes deep cuts to central services — 74 positions eliminated out of 734 — and several one-time budget plugs totalling $8 million.
As promised, about two-thirds of the reductions would come from the central office and sources other than K-12 school budgets.
I should note, however, that some of those “central” cuts aren’t that far removed from the students.
This will all be discussed at Wednesday’s board meeting, which starts at 5 p.m.
One-time fixes: about $8 million
The district would use $2 million of its nearly-exhausted state loan to help pay off the same state loan — a practice it has done in the past, but on which it can’t lean any longer. Other one-time budget plugs include $1.5 million in federal stimulus funds and a $3 million accounting maneuver with the adult education program reserve.
- The district’s 100-plus schools would each receive about 5 percent less in per-student funding than they do this year ($7.54 million).
- Closing BEST and Paul Robeson high schools in June, rather than continuing with their planned phase-outs and subsidies, will save OUSD an estimated $1.4 million.
- Adult education: $4.5 million, about 40 percent of its existing budget
- Central services – $10.7 million. About 74 positions would go, including 14 from professional/curriculum development; 15 custodians and grounds workers; 21 from business, personnel, data management and school leadership and 17 school security officer positions.
What is your take on Smith’s proposal? What else did you notice?
Note: You might have trouble opening the budget presentation. It’s a large file, and I couldn’t access it on one of my computers. It’s also posted on Page 4 of the agenda.
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