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Palo Alto Weekly Online Edition

Publication Date: Friday, May 02, 2003

Complete draft list of Budget Adjustments
to be made in the 2003-04 budget

  Description
Certificated FTEs*
Classified FTEs*
Total Amount
1 The GATE revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $10,938. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $10,938
2 The SIP revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $77,018. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $77,018
3 The PAR/BTSA revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $41,516. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $41,516
4 The EIA revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $14,601. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $14,601
5 The Miller-Unruh revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $12,957. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $12,957
6 The State Instructional Materials revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $74,487. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $74,487
7 The School Libraries Materials revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $6,534. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $6,534
8 The Instructional Technology (AB 1339) revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $8,129. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $8,129
9 The School Safety revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $17,545. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $17,545
10 The Tobacco Use Prevention revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $1,966. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $1,966
  Description
Certificated FTEs*
Classified FTEs*
Total Amount
11 The Tenth Grade Counseling revenue from the State is estimated to be reduced by $2,554. Budgeted expenditures will be reduced by the same amount.     $2,554
12 Reduce the travel and conference budget for all departments by 50%.     $67,500
13 Increase the requirements for sites/schools to obtain substitutes and use overtime and capture and save approximately 1/6 of this budget.     $80,000
14 Reduce the use of cell phones in the district.     $4,000
15 Charge Building for Excellence for the direct costs incurred by the Routine Maintenance staff.     $75,000
16 Take advantage of energy management opportunities to reduce utilities expenditures by 7%.     $158,000
17 Reduce the Accounting Department budget by $50,000.     $50,000
18 Reduce Superintendent's annual contingency budget by $10,000.     $10,000
19 Reduce Board of Education budget by $7,500.     $7,500
20 Reduce the Information Technology budget by a total of $75,000.     $75,000
  Description
Certificated FTEs*
Classified FTEs*
Total Amount
21 Reduce the Student Support Services budget by $35,000.     $35,000
22 Delete an overtime allocation in the Print and Mail Shop.     $30,000
23 Reduce the elementary per student school allocation from $128/student to $100/student.     $125,692
24 Reduce the middle school per student school allocation from $84/student to $80/student.     $9,060
25 Reduce the high school per student school allocation from $101/student to $95/student.     $19,674
26 Reduce the pool of dollars to fund the elementary school special needs allocation at the elementary schools from $300,000 to $250,000.     $50,000
27 Reduce the number of district landscape positions by 2.0 FTE. These have been held vacant.   2.00 $96,828
28 Delete the $25,000 of the $250,000 Staff Development budget spent on meeting support.     $25,000
29 Delete the budget for sabbatical leaves for 2003-04.     $70,768
30 Delete the 53 lead teacher stipends of $1,196/teacher.     $63,388
  Description
Certificated FTEs*
Classified FTEs*
Total Amount
31 Replace a one coordinator position in Education Services with a TOSA. Also, replace a vacant director position in Education Services with a coordinator and leave the coordinator position vacant. 1.00   $171,722
32 Delete the 1.0 FTE allocation for Middle School deans. 1.00   $71,100
33 Delete the 0.5 FTE Assistant Business Manager position, currently managing renovation, mitigations and moves at Terman Middle School, effective October 31, 2003.   0.33 $50,500
34 Delete the Landscape Supervisor position and have the Manager of Maintenance and Operations supervise the landscape staff.   1.00 $103,000
35 Reduce the number of classified staff in Human Resources by 1.0 FTE. This position is currently unfilled.   1.00 $56,033
36 Reduce the budgeted expenditures for the Assessment Program by $59,000. 0.20 0.40 $59,000
37 Delete the contract to provide webmaster services and perform the activities in-house.     $15,000
38 Replace the Digital Publishing (WP) supervisor with a non-supervisory position.     $12,000
39 Reduce the secondary literacy resource teacher position from 1.0 FTE to 0.5 FTE. 0.50   $36,000
40 Reduce the General Fund support for the technology TOSA position from 1.0 FTE to 0.6 FTE. Fund the remaining 0.4 FTE with one-time AB 1339 funds. 0.40   $29,000
  Description
Certificated FTEs*
Classified FTEs*
Total Amount
41 Fund a 0.6 FTE Mathematics TOSA position with Noyce funding rather than the General Fund. 0.60   $43,000
42 Delete the 0.7 FTE elementary literacy TOSA position funded by the General Fund. This activity will be supported by an existing 0.2 FTE General Fund position augmented by a 0.2 FTE federally funded position. 0.70   $50,000
43 Delete the 0.53 FTE General Fund science TOSA position. (The other 0.47 FTE of this position is currently funded by the expiring BASEE grant.) There will be a 0.5 science TOSA position multi-funded by categorical programs. 0.53   $37,683
44 Reduce the allocation for contracted counseling and behavioral support services at the secondary schools from $220,000 to $110,000. Some of these services will be performed by district staff.     $110,000
45 Delete the over-formula custodial FTE at Gunn High School for a full year. (Staff has already been transferred to a vacant position.) Paly was not over formula.   1.00 $36,311
46 Move support staff, including clerical and custodial staff, along with enrollment to the third middle school. Therefore, reduce the allocation for growth in support staff by $266,437.     $266,437
47 Reduce General Fund support to high school athletics by 50%, or $10,000 at each site.     $20,000
48 Reduce support to middle school athletics by 50%, or $7,500 at each site.     $22,500
49 Reduce the calendar and compensation for all administrators by two days.     $72,000
50 It now appears likely that the state will delete the funding for staff development buy-back days. If this funding is deleted, there will be a corresponding reduction in teacher calendar and compensation. Here, the assumption is that two days will be deleted. If all three days are deleted, the savings will be proportionately greater.     $572,000
  Description
Certificated FTEs*
Classified FTEs*
Total Amount
51 Reduce the total number of Middle School Instructional Supervisor positions from current year 4.0 FTE to 3.2 FTE. 0.80   $57,000
52 Reduce the High School "below the line" allocations by 1.40 FTEs at each of the two schools. The reductions are 0.8 FTE technology support, 0.2 FTE senior project, 0.2 FTE WASC and 0.2 FTE AVID coordination. (The coordination duties will be funded through a stipend.) 2.80   $196,680
53 Reduce the Middle School "below the line" allocations by a total of 1.4 FTEs from current year. The reduction is 0.6 FTE technology support, 0.3 FTE all-city music, and 0.5 FTE AVID coordination. (The coordination duties will be funded by a stipend.) 1.40   $95,940
54 Staff middle school counseling positions at 400:1 rather than 360:1. 0.61   $44,943
55 Staff high school counseling positions at 400:1 rather than 360:1. 0.89   $64,674
56 Reduce the allocation for classified staff at each high school by 1.5 FTE.   3.00 $129,294
57 Phase out the warehouse. For 2003-04, delete a 0.88 FTE position and for 2004-05, delete another 1.0 FTE. Use one-time money to fund the 1.0 FTE position in 2003-04.   1.88 $108,600
58 The state has reduced the transfer to Routine Maintenance from 3% of the General Fund to 3% of the smaller Unrestricted General Fund. This calculation has cut the General Fund obligation by $700,000. At this point, it is intended that the General Fund will contribute an additional $290,000. It is hoped that the final state budget will not require the district to use these dollars to support the General Fund. At this time, no maintenance positions will be reduced.     -$290,000
  TOTAL 11.42 10.61 $3,561,071
  *FTEs are shown for items in which the FTE reduction is known.

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Editor's note:
This is part of the final installment in a four-part series on how the school budget crisis is affecting various segments of the community.
As the biggest fiscal fiasco to hit education rocks schools across the state, the Palo Alto Unified School District and the surrounding community battle a state property-tax grab and formulate massive reductions to the district's 2003-2004 budget.
At a study session April 29, the district will reveal its plans to reduce the budget by more than $4 million for the 2003-2004 to address anticipated state cuts and a shortfall in revenue.
In the meantime, it is fighting to hold onto more than $23.1 million in property tax funding that Gov. Gray Davis threatens to take away.

First installment
Second installment
Third installment

Behind the numbers

Budget cuts take a
back-seat to school work

Budget crisis forces
new thoughts on school funding

List of budget cuts

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