New Haven Budget Update

by Matt on February 3, 2009

in Parent Notes

This news release is from the NHUSD website.  The original can be found here.

School Board to Discuss Cuts Required Because of State Budget Mess

UNION CITY (Monday, Feb. 2, 2009) – The Board of Education of the New Haven Unified School District will hear a report Tuesday night on the local ramifications of California’s financial crisis and Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal for another huge cut to public education.

 Midway through the 2008-09 school year – after making $7 million in cuts last year – New Haven must adjust its budget to account for the loss of an additional $4 million in revenue that was promised to the District but now is being retained by Sacramento. The state plans to withhold an additional $1.7 million from the 2009-10 budget, and another $2.2 million in 2010-11.

 “Once again, the Governor and the Legislature – which simply takes too long every year to give us a budget, then tries to balance it on the backs of children – have put local schools in a terrible position,” Superintendent Kari McVeigh said. “This is going to have a devastating impact on our District, especially on our children, but also on our teachers, our classified employees and our administrators.”

 To balance this year’s budget, “we will start in the same place as last year, with management reductions,” Superintendent McVeigh said. The Board on Tuesday will be asked to eliminate four positions: Coordinator of Prevention and Intervention Services, Risk Manager, Social Worker, and Supervisor of High School Maintenance and Operations. Five management positions were eliminated in last year’s round of layoffs.

 After examining enrollment figures at the semester break, as is annual practice, the District also is recommending the elimination of three temporary teaching positions, one at each level (elementary, middle and high school).

 The District has frozen hiring and eliminated overtime, except on an emergency basis, and is funding as many General Fund expenses as legally possible with categorical dollars (state and federal funds earmarked for specialized student groups or programs). The District also is reducing Strategic Plan* funding and budgets for materials and supplies.

Still, further layoffs almost certainly will be necessary to balance the 2009-10 and 2010-11 budgets. Reductions in the certificated staff will be made in accordance with the March 15 legal requirement for notification, and reductions in the classified workforce are likely to follow, Ms. McVeigh said.

“Other districts are instituting larger class sizes, laying off counselors, reducing or eliminating transportation, and eliminating extra-curricular and co-curricular activities,” she said. “We may have to make similar choices for 2009-10 and 2010-11.

 The Board meeting Tuesday starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road.

 The public also is invited to a special meeting of the New Haven Community Forum to discuss the budget situation, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, also at the Educational Services Center.  

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