Could someone show me the numbers?
Here's my understanding of the situation. If I have misunderstood something, please let me know.
CSR costs the district $2 million per year.
Measure G would provide that $2 million for the next 4 years (as well as $2.5 million for the other types of expenses named in the ballot text.)
The district's costs are going down next year, because they will be laying off some people. The district's revenue is going down, because the federal stimulus money does not fully counteract the state budget cuts for next year. (It may mostly counteract the cuts made during the current budget year, and the state cuts that were announced in February. But the state cuts that the governor announced on May 20 total about $8.6 million for next year, in addition to the earlier cuts.)
We wish we had larger reserves, but we don't. How do we move forward without increasing class sizes? Where do we get that $2 million from, and what else gets cut to balance the budget?
How much of a pay cut would we have to ask for, from the teachers' union? $10.6 million is what percent of the total amount spent on teacher salaries? (I think it's like $100 million, but I'm not sure and I haven't had a chance to look it up or ask Luz Cazares.)
Let's say PUSD asks for, and the union agrees to, a 5 percent pay cut, for next year. That's $5 million. So we would still have to cut $5.6 million. What would those new cuts be? Instructional materials total about $1 million per year, I think. How much does it cost to keep the grass mowed on the school fields? We could probably do without that. What else would need to be cut to keep CSR?
I'm not asking these questions to frighten anyone. I'm really trying to understand.
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