Expenditure Priorities

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Expenditure Priorities

  1. 1. Devin Vodicka, Ed.D.October 12, 2011
  2. 2.  Carlsbad Unified faces projected fiscal deficit of almost $11 million in 2012-13. San Diego County Office of Education Feedback on 2011-12 Budget:  Based on this analysis, we have concluded that the district will be able to meet its financial obligations in 2011-12. However, the budget submitted shows that the district will be unable to meet its multi-year financial commitments in subsequent fiscal years without additional budget solutions. Per our previous recommendations, the district has adopted a resolution that identifies the amount of budget reductions needed in future years. The district should submit a list of approved budget reductions by the First Interim Report as well.  The district’s budget will be reevaluated at the time of the First Interim Report to determine if the budget should be certified as positive, qualified, or negative. The county superintendent also has the authority to determine that a school district is “not a going concern” at any time during the fiscal year if the district may not meet its financial obligations [Education Code Section 42127.6(a)(1)]. Our office can take this action at any time if substantial progress is not made towards budget reductions. Timeline  November: Specific expenditure reduction proposal  December: First Interim Report to SDCOE  January: Governor’s Proposal for 2012-13 October 12, 2011 2
  3. 3.  Receive direction from Governing Board regarding expenditure priorities Priorities will assist staff in further research, analysis, and more specific recommendations Focused efforts will be required to ensure compliance with SDCOE guidance Adherence to prudent planning will help CUSD maintain autonomy in managing our resources October 12, 2011 3
  4. 4. a. Closing school(s)b. Delaying Sage Creek Openingc. Eliminating Administration/Management Positionsd. Eliminating Classified Positionse. Eliminating Stipendsf. Increasing class size (elementary)g. Increasing class size (middle)h. Increasing class size (high school)i. Reducing Athletic Expensesj. Reducing Employee Compensation/Benefitsk. Reducing/Eliminating Contractual Servicesl. Reducing/Eliminating Programsm. Reducing/Eliminating Travel & Conferencen. Reducing Guidance Staffo. Reducing Instructional Daysp. Reducing Site/Department Accountsq. Reducing Special Educationr. Reducing Textbook Purchases October 12, 2011 4
  5. 5.  Fiscal Reports  By function  By program  By school site October 12, 2011 5
  6. 6.  Discuss priorities and indicate direction to staff regarding potential expenditure reduction areas. Proposed process:  Use “Expenditure Considerations” as starting point for conversation  Consider adding items based on Additional Resources and/or other perspectives  Rank each “consideration” in one of three groups: ▪ Group 1—Strong potential for expenditure reduction; further research, analysis, and more specific recommendations should be prioritized and aggressively pursued ▪ Group 2—Moderate potential for expenditure reduction; further research and analysis should come after intensive efforts related to items in Group 1 ▪ Group 3—Low potential for expenditure reduction; further research and analysis should occur only if necessary due to magnitude of projected deficit October 12, 2011 6

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