Layoff Notices Approved by School Board Due to Lack of Revenue

Posted by: Jennifer Landry 3 years, 10 months ago

Layoff Notices Approved by School Board Due to Lack of Revenue

39 teachers & staff may lose their jobs

The School Board Tuesday, with unprecedented magnitude, affected the lives of 39 employees by either eliminating or reducing their employment. Teachers and classified staff were given notice that particular kinds of services or their actual position may be eliminated or reduced because of the lack of funding for our schools. This action was taken as a result of the significantly less revenue that the schools receive from the new state funding formula known as LCFF.   

"Not all of these employees will actually lose their job or have that job reduced, but it is clear that many will be affected," said Superintendent Jeff Felix. "The decisions that must be made between now and when the budget is passed at the end of June are monumental and complicated."

Current financial constraints and uncertainties surrounding revenue are insufficient to maintain the existing levels of programs and services. Given that the Second Interim Budget that has a District structural deficit of $3.6 million in 2013-2014 and a District structural deficit of $2.4 million in 2014-2015, the School Board must analyze options to improve its fiscal condition. This will be done by implementing drastic program changes for the best interests of the schools and the students.

"We are required by law to keep a 3% reserve for three years in the future," stated Assistant Superintendent Business Services Keith Butler. "In order to avoid a state takeover of our district we must make these cuts now and again at this time next year."

The School Board voted previously to place a $29 million dollar school bond proposal on the local June 3, 2014 ballot.  A 55% vote is required to pass the measure.  This ballot measure if approved may help to avoid these draconian cuts and save the jobs of many employees.  Passage will also enable the school board to budget lower class sizes and retain critical educational programs that are not possible relying solely upon current state funding plans.

The CUSD school bond proposal is unique by virtually any standard.  If approved by voters it will raise the performance bar for "pay-as-you-go" public financing of local schools.  Bonds will be subject to several new and more stringent taxpayer protections to ensure that Coronado's schools will survive the serious threat posed by the State's new K-12 funding formula and stay among the best in the state.

The budgeting process is still underway, and the community is invited to participate in that process. That budget process will be unique this year producing a "Plan A" if the ballot measure passes, and a "Plan B" as an alternative if the measure does not pass.