In Pinellas, more details on possible budget cuts
Lost in all the back-and-forth over academic coaching cuts has been more detail about other potential cuts in Pinellas, including what things might change so Pinellas can absorb $14 million in class-size costs next year.
This document here shows estimated savings for more of the budget-cutting proposals now on the table. Presented to School Board members at last Thursday's workshop, it's a little more detailed than the initial list that superintendent Julie Janssen presented to principals May 6. For instance, it shows the district could save $1.7 million by eliminating the Literacy Success Program, which is used to help struggling readers in non-Title I schools, and $500,000 or more by reducing additional duty days. It also shows how much the district could save with furloughs, which are considered a last resort.
Meanwhile, this document details what Pinellas is planning to do to meet class-size requirements (the class-size info is on pages 3-6). Among the items listed:
* High schools: All teachers will be assigned a minimum of six out of seven classes. Read: 180 classes will be staffed at 21-1 instead of 18-1.
* Middle schools: Lower class sizes for intensive math and reading classes will be discontinued. Media specialists will teach two classes.
* Elementary schools: 46 early intervention units will be eliminated. "Teachers on special assignment" will be reduced in five magnet schools.
Board members had questions about many proposals, including how changes to remedial classes will be mitigated. More details are expected at the next board workshop June 8.