Proposed Pinellas County school budget cutbacks
Proposed cuts to the $1.35 billion budget, expected to be finalized by the board Sept. 14 after a second public hearing.
Among other things, identified staff adjustments of $1.3 million, by eliminating vacant administrative positions, consolidating job duties and lowering the pay grade for some administrators by changing their job titles. Also plan to save another $1 million by instituting a hiring freeze or delaying hires, especially at central administration.
Renegotiated co-pays and plan design; district picking up 80 percent of cost compared with 82 percent in the past.
Reduced 20 bus routes.
School improvement Funds: $1.2 million
The district will no longer contribute $5 per student toward school improvement that it began paying when the state reduced funding.
Cut 15 to 20 percent in all departments and schools.
Additional duty days/overtime: $500,000
Reduce overtime and eliminate at least 111 paid "additional duty days" for employees.
Literacy success: $500,000
Redesigned elementary reading program.
Reduced and will redesign the program.
Contain these services in individual departments or school budgets.
Travel Reimbursement: $100,000
Reduce travel and return to 2004's reimbursement rates.
Math/science Coaches: $800,000
Redesigned the program with input from teachers and principals.
Blackberry use: $200,000
Each person must buy his or her own phone.
Reduce number by scheduling teacher training outside the school day.
Offer early retirement to employees with 25 or more years in the district. Estimated savings is based on 150 of 1,655 employees taking the offer.
Source: Pinellas County School District