Posted: 10:04 am Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

PBC School District looks for further cuts in schools; proposes eliminating some clerk jobs 

By Allison Ross

A budget committee made up of principals has recommended the elimination of 289 secretary, attendance and media center clerk jobs as a potential way to help reduce the district’s expected $30 to $50 million budget shortfall.

It also suggested eliminating four work days for assistant principals in elementary schools, and 2 work days for guidance counselors in middle and high schools. In addition, the principals’ budget committee suggested cutting by 10 percent the funding for supplements for educators who work with after-school clubs and activities.

The proposed cuts, which were presented to the citizens Budget Advisory Committee on Monday, would represent about $9.8 million in savings.

Added to the previously announced cuts of 244 school hallway and cafeteria monitor positions and a drop of 10 workers in the alternative education division, the school-based reductions rise to almost $17 million.

That’s about 1.5 percent of an estimated $1.1 billion operating budget.

These recommendations come in addition to about $21 million in cuts that are proposed for the district’s department budget. That represents a 15 percent cut from the approximately $140 million department budget and is expected to include more job eliminations.

Chief Financial Officer Mike Burke told the budget advisory committee Monday that the principals’ additional budget recommendations are expected to be needed to help close the budget gap. The proposed school and departmental cuts together total about $38 million, which puts the district within the realm of closing the expected shortfall.

Burke said that efforts will be made to find other jobs in the district for displaced workers. Still, layoffs are expected.

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