Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent’s Office Jane A. Russo, Superintendent SAUSD Responds to State Fiscal Crisis June 2008 Class Size Reduction Maintained Through a concerted effort by the Board of Education and District administration, Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) will be able to maintain Class Size Reduction for students at critical grade levels — grades K-3rd and 9th. We will also retain 560 teachers of the 573 facing lay-offs since March 15. With a newly approved budget, the District will maintain solid financial status. Earlier this year, District administration shared with the community the bleak financial outlook for California public education as the Legislature and the Governor grappled with an initial estimated $14 billion budget deficit. As was predicted, that figure has ballooned SAUSD 2008-09 Fiscal Year to an astronomical $17 billion plus Expense Budget $487.2 million shortfall. And at present the picture is still unclear. 11% 2% 3% Making Difficult Choices to 51% Remain Financially Solid 20% When the Governor announced the fiscal crisis facing the State in 13% January, indicating that there would be cuts across the board including $360 million to education, it compounded the need for SAUSD to make more cuts on top of the $16.2 million that the Board of Education Certificated Salaries $247.4 million had already authorized in late 2007 Classified Salaries $63.3 million due to enrollment loss. Employee Benefits $95.6 million Books and Supplies $19.4 million This meant the Board of Education Services and Other Operating Expenditures $51.8 million and District staff needed to once All Other $9.7 million again prioritize programs and services, while determining those areas for cutting back. The resulting effect — the District targeted an additional $13.3 million in cuts to the following areas: • Centralized Support Services (District Office), $2.2 million • Special Education, $1.3 million • School site allocation-based program, $3.8 million • Reduction of Class Size Reduction encroachment to General Fund, $6 million. BOARD OF EDUCATION José Alfredo Hernández, President • Rob Richardson, Vice President Audrey Yamagata-Noji, Ph.D., Clerk • Rosemarie Avila, Member • John Palacio, Member 1601 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92701, (714) 558-5501 SAUSD Budget Update, June 2008 After adding the additional cuts mandated by the Governor to the reductions due to declining enrollment, the Board approved $29.5 million in reductions for 2008-09 and adopted a $487 million budget for the 2008-09 school year prior to the June 30, 2008 deadline. (By law, all school districts are required to present a three-year multi-projection to the State and adopt a balanced budget by the end of the fiscal year.) Although the District has adopted a budget, we will be operating at a $5 million deficit for the 2008-09 school year. Despite this, however, the District will meet the State’s mandated reserves of 2%. Outlook Still Uncertain Budget Snapshot We are not out of the woods by any ► SAUSD’s operating budget consists of two stretch. That’s because things may types of funding: change once the Legislature approves o General Fund (unrestricted dollars a State budget, which could be as late which can be spent on employee as September or October. Therefore, salaries and benefits, equipment, and the Board of Education and District operational items such as utilities). administration will remain committed o Categorical Funds (allocated toward and focused on monitoring the budget textbooks and instructional material, ready to make any necessary and and specific state or federally funded appropriate adjustments. We will learn programs such as after-school activities, English learner support and whether deeper cuts will be needed staff development). after the State’s position becomes ► SAUSD receives income from the State clearer and the Legislature approves a through: budget that could include a tax o Enrollment (which has declined by increase and consideration of a lottery approximately 7,000 since 2003) bond to be put forth to voters in o Average Daily Attendance (ADA) November. o Other State resources Nevertheless, it is incumbent upon the ► Positive Highlights of 2008-09 Budget Santa Ana Board of Education to do o Able to keep Class Size Reduction what’s in the best interest of the school o Rescinded 560 of 573 teacher lay-off district. This is the charge with which notices the public entrusted the members. And o District remains financially solid it is exactly what the Board is doing – For more info on the Budget log on to exercising prudent judgment in www.sausd.us ensuring SAUSD’s solvency and well- being. We appreciate and seek your support and understanding as we implement these tough budget decisions. Our highest priority has been to maintain quality educational and academic programs for our students. In SAUSD, we are committed to continuing to not only doing things right, but in doing the right things for the benefit of all our students and staff.
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