We’re talking about a $16 $13 million cut for Oakland Unified’s childhood development centers — at least 80 70 percent of the current, $17.9 million pre-k budget — and 170-180 jobs lost. That would bring the district’s total deficit to almost $100 million, and its total full-time position cuts to 630. (Note: Updated figures from OUSD on June 7.)
The possibility of that happening seems to have shaken even the calm, unflappable CFO, who recently (with Superintendent Tony Smith) met with State Senator Loni Hancock and her staff to lay out the consequences of such a decision. Hal said his team is scrambling to figure out what to do, and that he will likely present a 2010-11 budget for OUSD without those cuts, since they have yet to be approved.
“It’s chaos,” Hal said.