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Budget cuts, budget cuts, budget cuts

The list below includes more details about the $55 million in budget cuts the Pinellas school board will vote on tonight. It's mostly based on the spread sheet in the agenda packet (go to page 326), but includes additional information (mostly about the numbers of positions being cut in different areas) that The Gradebook rounded up from the district. Some of the additional info was included in an info box that accompanied this morning's story, but some was left out for space reasons.

Two things worth mentioning: 1) According to the district, of the roughly 400 positions on the chopping block, approximately 227 are instructional, 166 are support and eight are administrators. District officials say under Superintendent Julie Janssen, the district has cut or downsized 40 positions in central administration, saving $3.8 million. 2) For a sense of what the district has been cutting over the past five years, go to this document recently posted on the district's web site.

Okay, here's the list of proposed cuts/savings:

Transportation: $852,300

Energy savings: $3 million

Substitutes: $1 million

Health insurance: $5 million
* would shift employee share of costs up from 20 to 25 percent

Money transfers: $5.8 million
* would move some construction and maintenance positions from operating budget to capital budget

Discretionary: $2 million
* would reduce departments’ discretionary budgets by 10 percent

Elementary schools: $4.96 million
* includes elimination of about 70 data management technicians, 44 teaching assistants for the STARS program for at-risk students, 37 media specialists, about five ESOL teachers and 11 or 12 art and music teachers

Middle schools: $3.58 million
* includes elimination of about 20 guidance counselors and about 20 electives teachers

High schools: $3.96 million
* includes elimination of about 32 electives teachers, 19 or 20 attendance progress assistants, and 3 or 4 assistant principals; another 20 combined guidance counselors and clerks will be eliminated, but it is not clear how many of each

Special education centers: $1 million
* elimination of 21 positions

Curriculum and instruction: $9.38 million
* includes elimination of about 40 special education teachers, about 10 reading coaches, about 10 math/science coaches and the closing of the Harris Tips school for teen parents

Human resources: $924,000
* elimination of 19 positions

Budget and finance: $162,000
* elimination of six positions

MIS: $2.43 million
* includes $2 million in savings from turning off computers and network devices

Institutional services: $3.97 million
* includes elimination of at least 12 positions and sale of $2 million worth of property

Superintendent: $600,000
* includes elimination of one of six regional superintendents

Unpaid leave: $7.67 million
* includes three days for 10-month teachers and seven days for 12-month administrators

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:35pm]


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