CUSD to Hear Public's Input on Budget

UPDATED WITH A POLL: A community forum for Thursday was announced Tuesday. Will you go?

The , facing a , has scheduled a forum for Thursday to get the public’s input on how to deal with the massive, expected deficit.

District officials published the press release just Tuesday. Originally there was no community forum planned for this year, .

The district has already identified  without having to negotiate with its three unions.

That still leaves $40 million in cuts that must be found by the end of the month, when state law says public school districts must have a balanced budget approved for the coming school year.

The school is planning for what it defines as the “worst-case scenario,” meaning the hit public schools throughout the state will take if voters don’t pass the temporary tax increase California  is proposing for the November ballot.

If voters do approve the initiative, the district will be able to restore $18 million of the cuts.

The proposed cuts the district would have to include:

  • Increasing class sizes and laying off teachers
  • Unpaid furlough days (which will impact the student calendar)
  • A freeze on automatic salary advances
  • Salary rollbacks

“While most of this information has already been shared during regularly scheduled board meetings and during meetings with parent and employee groups, this discussion will give the community an additional opportunity to learn more about the budget for the 2012-13 school year,” a notice on the district’s website states. 

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the district headquarters, 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano.

Because the district had not initially planned on a community forum this year, .

randy June 09, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Shelly, perhaps enough union talk. Now what do our cusd students need? 160 days of education, no new taxes? Or remain 180 days with new taxes albeit increased class sizes and layoff? In Hawaii, teachers are contracted to work 215 days a year with pay cuts and reduced benefits in recent years. Aloha state is actually benefitting kids education even there is a small success (scores, etc), imo. Look at facts are the facts.
Dawn Urbanek June 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I think CUSD will have one of the shortest school years in the nation. But the CTA made sure that their pensions would still vest even though their work year has fallen below 165 teaching days! An audit of actual instructional minutes during the school year would be very interesting - especially given the fact that the Union is requesting to have control over the school calendar.... yep its all about the kids!
Yeparoo June 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
"Los Angeles teachers and school district reach pact to spare jobs" I saw this story on channel 7 (I think) when I was getting my car service this morning. They may be discussing it tomorrow morning on one of their local news shows. It would seem "furlough days" are the ticket from CTA this year, or this is all one big coincidence. "The Los Angeles school district and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement Friday that would prevent thousands of layoffs in exchange for 10 furlough days, which would shorten the school year by a week." "Under the accord, teachers would lose pay for five instructional days plus four holidays and one training day, equivalent to about a 5% salary cut." http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-union-20120609,0,317275.story
Frieda Wales June 09, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Yeparoo, I don't have the link, but when I was looking for more up to date info on the Colorado school/budget issues, I seem to recall they too were looking at furloughs for the 2012/2013 school year.
Frieda Wales June 09, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Here is a link to a PDF overview of the proposed budget cuts. Education information starts on page 38. Can those of you who say that the if the tax measures are approved the money will NOT affect the per pupil spending in Capistrano Unified please provide me with a chart or link to show how this happens since I am not as familiar with how this works as some of you are? According to this over view: If the tax measure is APPROVED spending per pupil will be $7,658, if the measures are If the tax measures are REJECTED spending per pupil will be $6,953 (pages 39 and 40). Thank you. http://www.cbp.org/pdfs/2012/120203_Budget_Chartbook.pdf


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