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Budget still bleak for Pasco school district



Increases to Florida's public education budget have not made a major dent in the Pasco County school district's plans for its 2012-13 budget.

The district still faces a $25.6 million shortfall, and hasn't yet found the right combination of ideas to cut spending without really hurting kids and their programs.

Chief finance officer Olga Swinson this week put together a one-page chart to show how the numbers appear to be shaking out. Here are the details:

Non-recurring funds from 2011-12: $21,402,218 (Edu-jobs, capital funds transfers, furlough days)

Impact of 2012-13 legislative session: $6,845,580

Increase in state funding - $13,398,503

Decrease in local funding - ($4,531,103)

Categorical restrictions:

Supplemental Academic Instruction - ($730,578)

Reading Instruction Allocation - ($394,729)

School recognition funds - ($896,513)

Total available for 2012-13 fiscal year: ($14,556,638)

Estimated cost increases in 2012-13: ($11,104,175)

School choice payments - $1,700,000 (expected increase in charter school enrollment)

Increases in retirement rate - $1,220,045

Class size reduction - $6,434,130 (includes $495,870 in additional funding)

Fuel - $750,000

Utilities - $750,000

Health insurance - 0

Property insurance - $250,000

Total additional funds needed: $25,660,813

Have any money-saving ideas for the district? Board members appear to have ruled out cuts to athletics, arts and a four-day week. What do you think?




[Last modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:37pm]


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