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Board OKs $11.6M in Budget Savings

The Board of Education approved almost $11.6 million in budget savings this week, including the elimination of nearly 70 certificated and classified jobs.

The 43.8 certificated jobs, including some counselors, assistant principals, teachers, psychologists, nurses and other positions, had already been listed for possible reduction in a resolution that the school board OK’d in February.  Of the 24.9 classified jobs that were eliminated, some pertained to vacant positions, though 16 classified employees may be displaced from their jobs.  Classified job cuts included positions in Business Services, Financial Services and Special Education.  View the full list of the reductions.

This week’s cuts came in addition to $9.66 million in reductions approved by the school board in February, bringing the total savings for 2012-13 to more than $21 million.  About $3 million of the latest savings comes from enhanced revenue including $1 million due to increasing student attendance rates, the result of incentive programs at schools.

California has experienced dramatic declines in revenue since fall 2007.  The result has been continued cuts to public education funding.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget would result in a funding decrease of nearly $19 million for LBUSD under a rosy scenario that relies on voter approval of a tax initiative this fall.  If the initiative fails, the school district would lose at least $30 million annually.  School districts are compelled to plan for best and worst-case scenarios, creating the potential for still further cuts ahead.