School board gets first looks at more cuts

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­[email protected]­al­don­ @glid24 on Twit­ter

As the Vallejo school dis­trict heads into a new fis­cal year, trustees will get their first look at pro­posed bud­get cuts meant to keep the dis­trict fis­cally sol­vent.

The Vallejo City Uni­fied School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion will meet Wed­nes­day to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion only about the dis­trict’s plan to slash at least $5.4 mil­lion from the 2020-21 fis­cal year bud­get. Fis­cal years run from July 1 to the fol­low­ing June 30.

The plan to be pre­sented in­cludes over $6 mil­lion in cuts with a bulk of that amount com­ing from the elim­i­na­tion of 62.81 full-time equiv­a­lency (FTE) po­si­tions.

The em­ployee re­duc­tions are split for mul­ti­ple rea­sons, in­clud­ing the elim­i­na­tion of va­cant po

sitions, the need to re­duce teach­ing staff due to de­clin­ing stu­dent en­roll­ment, and the elim­i­na­tion of 29 po­si­tions as the dis­trict closes and con­sol­i­dates sev­eral schools.

Vallejo school Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Adam Clark is rec­om­mend­ing the full clo­sure of Bev­erly Hills Ele­men­tary, Franklin Mid­dle School, and Far­ragut Academy.

“As a re­sult of de­clin­ing en­roll­ment, high chronic ab­sen­tee rates, ris­ing health and ben­e­fit con­tri­bu­tions, and encroachme­nt of char­ter schools,

the dis­trict an­tic­i­pates a bud­get short­fall,” ac­cord­ing to a dis­trict staff re­port to the school board. “By res­o­lu­tion of the Gov­ern­ing Board, and by the di­rec­tion of County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion and the State ap­pointed trus­tee, the dis­trict must main­tain fis­cal sol­vency and avoid the loss of lo­cal con­trol by mak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate re­vi­sions to the bud­get to elim­i­nate struc­tural deficits.”

The Vallejo City Uni­fied School Dis­trict will meet at 6 p.m., Wed­nes­day, in­side the Gov­ern­ing Board Room, 665 Wal­nut Av­enue on Mare Is­land in Vallejo.

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