UPDATE 2/25: Survey has been updated so that it’s no longer confusing.
The Hayward Unified School District set up a special Web page that has a load of information regarding upcoming budget cuts. It has feedback from the community meetings held in recent months, and links to information about budget timeline, who is on the Budget Advisory Committee, statements from top HUSD officials and a feedback form, where you can rank priorities for cuts.
In addition for a chance to weigh in, it gives a good idea about how much can be saved by doing what. The format is a little confusing, however. From the survey:
Q4: Reduce or eliminate staff development for teachers (currently 3 days). Saves $400,000.
So what this means is, you’d rank it 1 if you consider it “most important.” That doesn’t mean you think staff development for teachers is a most important priority, but rather that you think it’s most important for the district to cut said development.
To see other savings, read on:
Reduce or eliminate funding for athletics: $200,000
Reduce or eliminate mentoring and induction programs for new teachers: $300,000
Cutting maintenance and upkeep to school grounds: $200,000
Cutting number of principals and assistant principals across the board: $1 million
Suspend summer school and after school programs: $1 million
Close or consolidate schools with declining enrollment: Two schools saves $400,000
Cutting school and office budgets for materials and supplies: $100,000
Reduce the work year: Each day, up to four, is $500,000 for a maximum of $2 million
Cut specialists in P.E., music, arts, etc. at elementary level: $2.5 million
Cut district administration and restructure central office: A 10 percent reduction saves $100,000
Increasing class size: $1 million saved per student increase, up to three.
Spend reserves and one-time funds to avoid program and staff cuts for the short term: $500,000
End transfer of employee sick bank days: $50,000
Reduce or eliminate school nurses: Up to $800,000
Increase employee furloughs: $500,000 per day
Support property tax increase: A parcel tax of $100 would yield $3.6 million
Reduce all employee compensation, temporarily, by 1 percent: $1 million
Shorten school year by up to five days: Each day saves $500,000
It all adds up to over $20 million. The district says $18 million needs to be cut.