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.

Staff reductions:

$2.6 million

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.

Health insurance:

$2.3 million

Renegotiated co-pays and plan design; district picking up 80 percent of cost compared with 82 percent in the past.

Transportation: $900,000

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.

Discretionary Funds:

$2 million

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.

Extended learning:

$1 million

Reduced and will redesign the program.

Contracted services:

$2 million

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.

Substitute teachers:

$1.4 MILLION

Reduce number by scheduling teacher training outside the school day.

Early retirement:

$2.2 million

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

Proposed Pinellas County school budget cutbacks 07/31/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 31, 2010 2:52pm]

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