NUSD To Tackle Budget Cuts

Sacramento-area school districts have closed their campus pools, decided to charge students to participate on athletic teams, and started talks about layoffs in the effort to address severe cuts in state funding.

The Natomas Unified School District earlier this week held a budget workshop and came up with a plan on how to tackle said cuts. Here’s what Superintendent Steve Farrar has been directed to do next:

Dear Staff and Community,

As the Natomas Unified School District continues to grapple with the many financial uncertainties created by the state budget crisis, I want to assure you that our district remains committed to putting the needs of students first, preserving our high-quality learning programs and avoiding layoffs.

Our Board of Trustees held a special budget workshop last night where I received direction to:

  • Prepare a required three-year budget plan for approval on March 12, 2008, that does not include a mandated 3 percent reserve through 2010.
  • Identify a package of 2008-09 budget cuts in the range of $2.3 million to $3.5 million that does not include layoffs.
  • Compile an additional list of cuts in the $2 million range in the event that Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan prevails to make the largest financial cuts to education in the history of California.

Board members also asked that they continue to receive feedback from parent groups, community members, the Natomas Teachers Association, CSEA, district leadership and our students.

Attached is the 2008-09 Budget Adjustment Options worksheet that is the foundation for the budget package that will be approved by the board on March 12.

Thank you for all of your suggestions in recent weeks. Your dedication to the children and the community of the Natomas Unified School District is clearly evident.

Dr. Steve M. Farrar

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