In place of a bond measure, PUSD has a greater need to make the hard decisions regarding downsizing, consolidation and layoffs, as they all relate to salaries and benefits. PUSD salaries and benefits have ballooned out of control.
The following numbers are in the budget attached to the March 08, 2016 PUSD Board agenda:
Budgeted revenue: $147,431,608.
Salaries plus benefits: $121,556,954.
Books and supplies: $7,484,243.
Services etc.: $17,057,422.
The PUSD budgeted revenue is nearly consumed with 82.44% of the revenue going to salaries and benefits.
This ratio is well above the state average, a much higher percentage of PUSD revenue going to teachers and employees than most other districts.
The PUSD board greater need, is to reduce the 82.44% of revenue going to teachers and employees in the form of salaries and benefits. The numbers speak for themselves.
Anyone in business will quickly identify this expense as needing the greatest attention.
The upcoming general election is not the time for a PUSD bond measure.