TOUGH SCHOOL CUTS PLANNED AFTER TAPPING INTO RESERVES, DISTRICT WOULD STILL NEED TO TRIM ITS BUDGET.Byline: Naush Boghossian Staff Writer
The Glendale Unified School District The Glendale Unified School District is a school district based in Glendale, California, United States.
The school district serves the city of Glendale, portions of the city of La Cañada and the unincorporated communities of Montrose and La Crescenta. might be forced to tap into its reserves and make millions of dollars in cuts to its budget for the next three years in order to survive the state's fiscal crisis.
On Tuesday Tuesday: see week. , the school board considered a proposal to offset the projected $8.2 million deficit in 2004-05, $11 million in 2005-06 and $14 million in 2006-07 by using $3.1 million from district reserves for the next two years and $2.1 million the third year.
``If we tap into reserves, it reduces the reductions that need to be made,'' said Steve Hodgson, chief business and financial officer for the district. ``It's not a long-term Long-term
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The state requires school districts to maintain reserves that are 3 percent of the district's entire budget to have a buffer buffer, solution that can keep its relative acidity or alkalinity constant, i.e., keep its pH constant, despite the addition of strong acids or strong bases. in case of emergencies. Glendale schools, with a budget of about $210 million, ended last year with about a 9 percent reserve after making a concerted effort to make cuts and increase the fund in anticipation of difficult years ahead.
Since about 85 percent of the district's budget is spent on personnel costs, including salaries and benefits, officials said there really isn't much choice but to affect staffing - but that every effort will be made to shield classroom teachers.
``There will be districtwide impact that will indirectly impact classrooms,'' Hodgson said. For example, if cuts are made to the maintenance department, classrooms could be cleaned three times a week as opposed to every night. ``We're trying to keep as much of that impact away from the classrooms as we can this round. We can't make reductions of this magnitude without reducing staff. There are no other ways.''
The staff proposal does include $1.15 million in reductions for the 2005 and 2006 school years - cuts that have yet to be determined.
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2. That can be argued plausibly; defensible in argument: three arguable points of law. , it will have an impact on personnel,'' Hodgson said.
The proposal includes further reducing ongoing expenditures in the district office by about $350,000 for three years. Last year, the district reduced positions and did not refill refill noun A second allotment of a prescription agent obtained from a pharmacy, which is allowed by the original prescription verb Pharmacology To obtain more of a particular drug, after the initially prescribed amount of the agent has been used or vacancies. Also, the operations department Operations department
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See back office. - including maintenance, grounds, custodial - would be reduced by $750,000 for three years.
Also the option being presented by the staff does not include entirely eliminating the class-size reduction program, which calls for 20 students per teacher from kindergarten kindergarten [Ger.,=garden of children], system of preschool education. Friedrich Froebel designed (1837) the kindergarten to provide an educational situation less formal than that of the elementary school but one in which children's creative play instincts would be to third grade.
Rather, the district would be able to save about $400,000 each year by maintaining the same ratio for half the school day only for kindergarten, or eliminating class-size reduction in kindergarten altogether.
If the board approves the proposal, district staffers would have to come back with a plan to achieve the set targets.
When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ] released the state budget Friday, he recommended a 1.84 percent cost-of-living increase to schools, which would translate into about $2.4 million in additional revenue for the Glendale district.
Naush Boghossian, (818) 546-3306