In a document released Thursday afternoon, the Pleasanton Unified School District outlined the budget challenges it faces in the current school year and beyond.
The district is projecting a $3.6-million deficit for the current year in order to meet its required 3 percent reserves, including the $1.3 million of one-time funds used to save programs added over the summer and the $2.3 of rollover costs.
Today, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to provide a more accurate picture of the state's budget deficit, which currently stands at $20 billion, so the PUSD shortfall projections could increase.
Items listed for possible reduction will be discussed at the next board meeting on Tuesday evening. Notices of possible layoff would need to be sent out by March 15, which would mean the board would make final cuts at its Feb. 23 meeting.
Since the one-time funds from last summer have been spent, the saved programs are not planned to be refunded: reading specialists (4.5 full-time equivalent), elementary strings and band, 3.6 high school counseling positions, 2.5 elementary counseling positions, three tech support and library positions, 1.5 middle school vice principal positions, and a 0.2 management position.
The remaining possible reductions which the school board will have to determine are:
Categorical Programs ($659,000)
* $212,000 -- School and Library Improvement Plans
* $28,000 -- Arts and Music Grant
* $404,000 -- Class-size reduction in Grade 9 (Classes would be at 32 students, resulting in the layoff of five English and math teachers)
* $15,000 -- Gifted and Talented
Reduce Counseling Services ($256,000)
*Go from 24.9 full-time counseling positions to 18.7, with a ration of 685:1 for high school compared to 425:1 in 2009-10. New allocations would have 7.4 counselors in high school, 0.6 in alternative education, 4.5 in middle school, two in elementary and one at-risk counselor.
Eliminate K-3 Class-Size Reduction ($1.3 million)
*Classes would go from 25 to 30 students in kindergarten through third grade, resulting in about 26 teacher layoffs.
Reduce One Specialist Section through a Shortened Day Schedule in Grades 1-5 ($408,000)
*Shorten one school day per week by 45 minutes and move the teacher preparation period to the end of the day, rather than having a specialist during that time.
Reduce Weekly One Specialist Section for Grades 4-5 and Two to Three Sections for Grades 1-3 Through a Shortened Day Schedule
*One section grades 4-5, two sections grades 1-3 ($632,000)
*One section grades 4-5, three sections grades 1-3 ($856,000)
Reduce Summer School 2010 ($200,000)
*Offerings have been reduced and fees added
Eliminate Reading Specialists ($360,000)
Eliminate District Funding for the Barton Reading Program ($45,000)
Reduce Supplemental Remediation Hours ($45,000)
Reduce Site Funds and Carryover Levels ($150,000)
Other options include negotiating with bargaining units to potentially reduce work days ($450,000 per day for all units), voluntary staff development time ($380,000) and high school collaboration period and reduce seventh period ($448,000); modifying service provider in warehouse and graphics ($250,000); suspend step and column increases ($1.6 million); and again delaying the payment to the Other Post Employment Benefits ($670,000).
Reducing administrative positions is another option, but the document states that last year's reductions leave middle schools with a "half position" for each middle school and there will be an unfunded position of a management assistant that supports public information needs.