The Oakland school board will be asked on Wednesday to pass a budget with 505 fewer full-time positions (about 10 percent) and deep reductions in almost every department and program, particularly adult education and early childhood education.
The total budget for the 2010-11 school year is $558 million, about 16 percent smaller than it was last year. The district would cut a total of $78 million from its general fund, including $22 million in general purpose dollars, and $110 total under this proposal.
A separate item (Pages 6-7) authorizes the layoffs of 38 full-time adult education teaching and administration positions and 19.5 support staff jobs, as well as 93 full-time positions in — or related to — early childhood education.
Here’s the kicker: The cuts outlined in the budget proposal won’t even erase the district’s structural deficit. The administration still plans to use about $16 million of one-time funds — including the last of the state loan — to balance the budget. Without those funds, Chief Financial Officer Vernon Hal says, the district would need to cut cut $38 million in general purpose funds (instead of $22 million) and $126 million overall (instead of $110 million).
You can find a link to the presentation — which has loads of detail and year-to-year comparisons — on page 14 of the agenda, under “2010-2011 Fiscal Year District Budget.” It’s too large of a file for me to upload, sorry. You can find the agenda here.