Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley recently proposed across the board budget cuts which could save $85 million by the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Among other things, the budget offers a school year shortened by five days, some jobs will be restructured and/or lose pay and benefits while others are eliminated completely, summer school programs will be restructured for high school students and eliminated for elementary and middle school students.
Some have wondered what happened to the money from SPLOST IV voted in last year. According to the ballot, those monies were earmarked for various construction projects, acquiring land, new and upgraded school buses, instructional and administrative technology improvements, etc. CCPS also wisely turned down $14 million in federal stimulus money (The Qualified School Construction Bonds allocation), which would have put the system further into debt since that money had to be repaid.
As per the Clayton News-Daily, some new positions will be created, including “… 18 new kindergarten-teacher positions (at an anticipated annual cost of $1.14 million), and 23 in-school suspension paraprofessionals (at an estimated annual cost of $443,053).” But even if all of the proposed cuts are accepted, Heatley still forsees CCPS owning a $18.3 million budget deficit by the end of fiscal year 2012. You can view the Superintendent’s budget presentation detailing the cuts online.
Do you agree with the Superintendent’s proposed budget cuts? What cuts would you like to see stay, and what would you like to see go? Is anything missing?
Don’t just post your opinion on this blog! Go to the CCPS web site to offer your own budget suggestions, and let your school board representative know where you stand before the preliminary 2010-2011 budget goes in front of the BOE in March and/or they vote to adopt same in May.