This year's budget reduction process (for the 2012-13 school year) starts now. The familiar and seemingly endless cycle of budget reductions will start again this month as the board will consider the Superintendent's recommended process timeline. We must be prepared to act by the Feb. 22 board meeting.
How big a deficit do we expect for next year? We are estimating about $2 million. Although this is a bit less than last year's, the last time around there were some easy savings: we took a million out of staff compensation and spent $800K from stimulus funds. So if your kid isn't in high school Calculus or one of the other classes with increased size, or a patron of some of the other services we trimmed, you might not have noticed much difference
But this year there isn't any more low hanging fruit, and it doesn't look like there will be any more help from Washington. That means the majority of the cuts are going to be noticeable reductions in services- and some of this will inevitably come out of the classroom, as that is where the great majority of money is spent. $2 million represents the compensation of more than 30 teachers.