GUSD releases budget cut recommendations

The Gilroy Board of Education

The Gilroy Unified School District has posted its budget cut recommendations for the 2012-13 school year. Items on the table include a spending freeze; adult education; elementary music and P.E.; home-to-school transportation; class size increases; implementing a freeze on column increases; reducing the work year and across-the-board salary reductions.

Here’s a recap on what’s going on:

– The district is faced with losing $471 to $841 per student in state next funding fear. 

– The funding scenario hinges on Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, which will go before voters on the November ballot in attempts to help close a $9.2 billion deficit.

– The initiative would temporarily increase the sales tax by one-half percent, and temporarily raise the personal income tax on Californians who make more than $250,000 annually.

– If the initiative passes, GUSD will “only” lose $3.2 million in state funding. Recommended budget reductions for this scenario include implementing a spending freeze and column freeze; as well as dipping into adult education funding; implementing furlough days; and completely eliminating home-to-school transportation and elementary music and P.E.

-If the initiative doesn’t, GUSD will lose $7.2 million in state funding. For this scenario, GUSD will consider – in addition to the cuts mentioned above – implementing class size increases; more furlough days; reducing the work year and across-the-board salary reductions.

The next regular School Board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at GUSD district offices, located at 7810 Arroyo Circle in Gilroy. Click here to view the agenda.  

Do you have ideas for how the district can save money? Click here to send GUSD your budget input for the 2012-13 school year. GUSD has created an online forum for the community to provide and submit suggestions.

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