2009 Parcel Tax
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With California facing a $42 billion deficit and public education suffering much of the impact, the SRVUSD Board of Education must still present a balanced budget for 2009-10 by June. The district is planning for a structural deficit of nearly $10 million (combining mid-year deficit with 2009-10 deficit).
*The files below provide details regarding current and future deficit projections as well as a list of considerations for budget reductions.
We will continue to keep this information current, and keep our community informed as the State provides more clarity into its budget crisis and as our local Board of Education makes budget decisions that affect local education.
For more information and for upcoming budget-related meetings, contact the Superintendent's office at 925-552-2933.
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education took action Wednesday evening to maintain numerous programs which, as of March 3rd, were originally proposed to be eliminated or reduced. The programs identified would be maintained for the 2009-10 school year only, and include:
• K-3 Class Size Reduction
• 9th grade Class Size Reduction
• Secondary librarians
• 5th Grade Instrumental Music
• Middle school student ratio
• High school student ratio (not including reduction in ROP section allocations)
• Grounds maintenance
• School psychologists
• High school stipends for extra-curricular (arts, band, choral, sports, etc.)
• Counselors (non 1802)
• Crossing guards
• High school Discovery Center services
• Library/media assistants
• Reduction in middle school assistant principals
• High school supervision
"This is a significant decision by our Board and will help maintain critical programs and keep many people employed," said Superintendent Steven Enoch. "However, the remaining program cuts for next year and in subsequent years is still potentially devastating."
The Human Resources Department will begin the process of rescinding layoff notices to many employees as a result of the decision, the number of which has not yet been determined.
The Board also directed staff to immediately begin conversations with employee bargaining units around potential employee concessions which would further reduce the number of program reductions resulting in the preservation of more jobs.
The multi-year budget proposal was given to the board by staff one day after the failure of the State propositions, and was based on the governor's May 14th budget revision which reflects another $12.6 million drop in state revenue to SRVUSD. It also, however, reflects an increase in revenue thanks to the the passage of Measure C (the district's 7-year, $6.7 million parcel tax approved by local voters on May 5th) as well as nearly $10 million in "one-time" federal stimulus funds.
The staff proposal to the board included two "options." The proposal can be found below (May 20 Budget Proposal Option 1_2.doc)
Measure C passes!... The Board of Education held a budget workshop to discuss the impact of the Measure C parcel tax passage on the district's financial outlook. No actions were taken, and the board discussed the importance of the May 19th State election on local education. The Board will continue its discussions at the next open session meeting on May 12th. The latest budget recommendations by staff can be found in the files at the bottom of this page.
The Board of Education approved the reduction/elimination of some programs/services which resulted in the issuance of notices of potential layoff to 236 teachers and certificated administrators. This number is based on the possible elimination of 199 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) positions. The State Education Code requires that these preliminary notices be given by March 15th of the prior school year.
The Board of Education approved a new budget reduction proposal on Tuesday, March 3rd. This proposal includes reductions and the use of one-time funds to achieve a balanced budget for 2009-10 and several years into the future.
The file below (3_3_potential_budget_reductions.pdf) reflects the most current information regarding current and future deficit projections as well as a list of considerations for budget reductions.
We will continue to keep this list current, and keep our community informed as the State provides more clarity into its budget crisis and as our local Board of Education makes budget decisions that affect local education.
On Friday, February 20th, the Governor approved and signed a 17-month budget for California. In order to address California’s $41 billion deficit, the budget “solution” included $15 billion in cuts (approximately $8 billion of the reductions pertain to K-12 Education), approximately $13 billion in temporary revenues, and $11 billion of borrowing. For the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, this equates to a combined budget deficit for 2008-09 and 2009-10 of approximately $16 million. To put this current crisis into perspective, State budget woes forced the district to cut nearly $17 million over a ten-year period (1999-2008), with none of those programs being restored.
The Board of Education has begun a process to tackle the district’s structural deficit. The board is framing its discussion based on three budget assumption scenarios that can be found on the district website. These outline a “bad, very bad and worst” case scenario.
At last night’s Board meeting, staff had prepared a recommendation for an initial program reduction of $13 million which translates into an anticipated release of 256 temporary, categorically and externally funded certificated employees, and layoff notices to 187 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) tenured and probationary employees. According to State law, certificated employees at risk of reduction must receive a layoff notice by March 15th of the prior year.
Superintendent Enoch asked the board for time to bring a more comprehensive proposal which may include more information (if it is available) regarding SRVUSD’s share of the Federal Stimulus Package, State-approved flexibility over the use of categorical (restricted) funds, and an extended view of potential program reductions including possible classified employee layoffs.
Staff will present this new budget reduction proposal to the Board on Tuesday, March 3rd.
• Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 PM
o Budget Reduction/Initial Employee Layoff Action
• Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM
o Certificated Layoff Resolution
• Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 PM
o Possible Revised Budget Reduction Plan Presented
For more information…
See below for more budget information including:
• Budget assumption scenarios
• Updates on budget reduction considerations
• For the most recent budget update presentation, click on the " 2_24_board_budget_presentation.ppt" file below...
***The 2_24_Budget_Assumptions_Scenario files represent the most current budget assumption scenarios (as of 2/26/09)
On Friday, February 13th, the Board of Education continued its public discussion of the budget implications of the current State and Federal fiscal crises on the SRVUSD. Many proposed reduction considerations and other possible considerations were discussed in detail:
- Proposed Budget Reduction Considerations (*2_13_budget_considerations)
*File accessible below
On Tuesday, February 10th, the Board of Education discussed the impact of the current State fiscal crisis on our school district. Included in this discussion were:
- A powerpoint presentation explaining the crisis (*2_10_board_budget_presentation.ppt)
- 2 scenarios summarizing potential gaps in projected revenue (*2_10_budget_gap_scenarios)
- List of potential budget reduction considerations (*2_10_budget_considerations)
- *Files accessible below
No actions were taken.