The Board of Education has approved another $13.3 million in budget savings, including the closure of Monroe K-8 School at the end of the school year and the elimination of grades six through eight at Burcham K-8 School.
The December and January rounds of reductions also included $1 million in transportation savings, the elimination of 2013 summer school, a reduction in the number of teachers and support staff through attrition, and a reduction in the amount of Special Education expenses that encroach on the school district’s general fund, or operating budget. The school board also approved a $470,000 reduction to the AVID college readiness program.
Last November’s passage of Proposition 30 by California voters means fewer budget cuts for schools, but LBUSD still faces some reductions because of multiple years of state cuts to public education. LBUSD has a structural deficit of about $20 million, but had Prop. 30 failed, that structural deficit would have been $55 million.
A detailed list of the latest budget cuts is available.