Pasco school district outlines extra possible budget cuts
The Pasco County school district administration has offered an additional list of areas it might cut spending next year in order to balance the budget. The School Board asked for the list on Tuesday, after learning that its projected shortfall had grown to $26.4 million.
Superintendent Kurt Browning suggested that, despite his distaste for the idea, using nonrecurring revenue sources to cover a portion of the gap might be the most painless solution. But board members shied away from that thought, saying that several years of tapping into those funds had brought the district to its current position, unable to sustain all its spending with its current revenue.
The staff supplied its proposals in time for a budget town hall meeting Wednesday evening. It included:
Driver Education Program (Assistants) - $200,000
Eliminate (1) Student Service Team (Psychologist, Nurse & Social Worker) - $163,500
Energy Marine Center (keep one teacher and custodian) - $200,000
Eliminate Assistant Principals - $750,000
Career Specialists - $588,600
Eliminate Summer Day for Football Coaches (10 days) - $15,000
Total - $1,917,100
The administration has also called for using some non-recurring funds, some of which the board has already approved:
Transfer from Capital Funds for Property Insurance - $827,000
Transfer from PLACE & FNS - $1,484,846
Payment from the County - $1,080,000
Estimated General Fund Balance - $1,000,000
Total Non-Recurring Funds - $4,391,846
Which ideas should the board pursue?