The DLT discussed best practices, such as “Data Chats” on the ‘clusters of strengths and weaknesses’ accessible in the test scores, already accessible through Data Director which helps teachers become more mindful on their practices.
Then Tammy started to walk through the budget cut list, and George asked her how they can proceed looking at proposed cuts. She told the board to consider a best and worst case scenario, and how budget cuts they must make are NOT subject to reduction, and days are NOT to be counted because they must be negotiated. She also told them they must cut 800K, for the first interim.
Sandy tried to clarify, if Prop. 30 passes, we won’t have to cut 15 more days, and by 2d interim they need a plan if Prop 30 fails that will balance the budget. This will give the associations time to get feedback from members and ratify a contract by then.
On the specific items on the list:
2. Stipends do not include MA, bilingual or PHD stipends
4. Cap on Health benefits-Could be an ongoing cut over 3 years but the employees would suffer on an ongoing basis
7. ‘Creates a trap for employees’
10. She wanted to point out the benefit package is like a 2.2% raise.
She suggested a cap could be good because people could craft more appropriate composite plans (which are separate from 3-tiered plans) that keep them under the cap.Switching might backfire and cost the District more. Sandy suggested a minimum plan be available for laid off employees. Katy did not like 6, and George reinforced this.
Tammy also suggested perhaps there might be multiyear projection options if people agree to retire or make some change 3 years from now.
12. Is 5 years or until age 65 80% employee paid and spouse gets benefit if retiree dies
Sandy pointed out no dollars are attached to them yet, and Tammy said they’ll have them by November
Class size options
Tammy warns it would lead to parent flight from the district
17. Board thought this should pull it out of financial savings options
18. Tammy suggests we get serious on hub busing
19. They did not factor in ADA loss in their estimate. Sandy complained it is problematic how state changed funding
20. We are serving students more than we are required.
23. Delaying new school recommended, but since it’s bond money it won’t help balance the budget
24. Wear and tear and repair costs are growing and we need a second groundskeeper
Board tabled 25 and 26
Categorical & other
27-32:no savings hence going to another list
30. The limited money available for textbooks, but anticipates we’ll have to pay out of the general fund to satisfy our needs
33. ISP alternatives may be a money generator, but not practical for budget cut scenarios for 1st interim
34-35. Further study needed, may be a cost
36. Board seems resistant to this.
37. We may need to have at least a part-time certificated librarian
The Board let us skip down to 55
55. Cut a WHS counselor the Board decided to eliminate this as an option after impassioned speeches from Eva, Mindy, and myself
Board decided to extend to 10 pm
40-41. George talked about a 180 credit model used in Santa Rosa for at risk students who would be 5th year seniors 42. they don’t see any significant cuts possible
44. Board took it off list 45. tabled
Deb Olcott wanted to clarify that budget cut days so that people who need more days like counselors are not accomodated
53 &54 Tammy does not recommend them as we cut them last year