4/7/14

Analyzing the cut list

As you're looking at the proposed cut list, it might help to see how the cuts affect different areas. This takes a look three different analyses:
  1. Impact: who will notice this most - teachers, parents, too close to call, or central office staff? 
  2. Level: does this affect all levels, only elementary school, only middle school,  only high school, or support services? 
  3. Type: does it affect a new program, an existing program, or the level of service of an existing program impacted by growth? 

Some of these designations were difficult, but the exercise seemed like it may be helpful even if you disagree with some of the categorization.

Within each section, categories are listed from largest to smallest total amount of money saved. Within each category, cuts are listed from largest to smallest amount of money saved.

(Note: The proposed Musical Theater magnet program was not in the initial budget request so would need a vote to be added. It has not been proposed to be added at this time, thus there are no cost savings. If it is added, it will cost $49,533.)



    Impact

    Some of the cuts will have their biggest impact on teachers and school staff, parents and kids, or central office staff. Some are too close to call.

    Cuts teachers and other school staff may notice most - $16,853,350 (43.7%)
    1. (All levels, New) Cap any proposed employee salary raises in the salary scale fix at 5% - $5,900,000
    2. (All levels, Existing) Reduce technology assistants to half-time - $1,785,000 (50 positions)
    3. (All levels, New) Eliminate new tech reimbursement plan for teachers - $1,500,000
    4. (MS, Existing) Eliminate specialized Family Life Education teachers (instead FLE would be taught by regular PE teachers) - $1,417,400 (19 positions)
    5. (HS, Existing) Elimination of 14 Assistant Athletic Directors - $1,307,500 (14 positions)
    6. (ES, Existing) Eliminate administrative interns - $1,119,000 (15 positions)
    7. (MS, Existing) Increase teaching load of MS SALTs (department chairs) - $900,000 (12 positions)
    8. (ES, Existing) Reduce elementary school library assistants from 1.0 per school to 0.5 per school - $874,650 (24.5 positions)
    9. (HS, Existing) Increase teaching load of HS department chairs by 1 class; still 1 less than other teachers - $840,000 (11.2 positions)
    10. (HS, Existing) Remove JV coaching stipends when team is not fielded - $613,000
    11. (ES, Existing) Eliminate math facilitators - $596,800 (8 positions)
    Cuts parents/kids may notice most - $12,620,804 (32.7%)
    1. (All levels, Existing) Remove all replacement buses from the budget - 30 school buses, 25 special education large buses, and 11 special education small buses - $7,073,600
    2. (ES, Existing) Close the remaining four small schools (Hillsboro, Lincoln, Aldie, Hamilton) - $2,000,000
    3. (ES, New) Eliminate expansion of full day kindergarten - $895,854 (14 positions)
    4. (All levels, Existing) Eliminate summer school - $820,000
    5. (All levels, Growth) Eliminate hiring new bus drivers - $587,700 (18 positions)
    6. (All levels, Growth) Reduce new positions needed to maintain the level of service due to enrollment growth
      • School Psychologist $86,450 (1 position)
      • Educational Diagnostician $86,450 (1 position)
      • Social Worker $91,850 (1 position)
      • Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist $81,700 (1 position)
      • Speech Language Pathologist $83,100 (1 position)
      • Occupational Therapist $83,100 (1 position)
    7. (HS, Existing) Eliminate bus service to Thomas Jefferson HS - $390,000
    8. (HS, Existing) Eliminate Freshman sports - $260,000
    9. (All levels, Existing) Eliminate activity buses -$81,000
    10. (MS, Existing) Eliminate College in Six program (cost is for 1 field trip per middle school per year)
    11. (HS, New) Halt proposed Musical Theater magnet program

    Teachers or parents? Too close to call - $7,558,942 (19.6%)
    1. (ES, Existing) Eliminate FLES and SAMS (Spanish for grades 1-6) - $2,461,800 (33 positions)
    2. (MS, Existing) Eliminate Middle School dean positions and add 1 assistant principal to each MS - $2,130,942 million (31 positions) or eliminate house secretaries - $2,400,000 (45 positions)
    3. (ES, Growth) Eliminate the elementary school class size reduction the School Board added, but keep the LCPS proposed reduction - $2,064,000 (14 positions)
    4. (MS, New) Eliminate the 1:1 technology initiative expansion to Eagle Ridge and Sterling Middle Schools - $616,000
    5. (HS, Existing) Eliminate HS Deans - $149,200 (2 positions)
    6. (ES, New) Eliminate new elementary school language immersion program - $137,000 (3 positions)

    Cuts central staff may notice most - $2,024,750 (5.3%)
    1. (Support, Growth) Delay the facility usage master plan - $600,000
    2. (Support, Growth) Eliminate new positions from Support Services -
      1. Accounting Specialist $78,700 (1 position)
      2. Environmental Specialist $63,800 (1 position)
      3. Civil Engineering Coordinator $118,600 (1 position)
      4. Telecommunications analyst $78,800 (1 position)
      5. Resource Nurse $64,600 (1 position)
    3. (All levels, Growth) Elimination of the new visitor management system for security - $400,000
    4. (Support, Existing) Reduce K-12 Insight budget (performs community surveys) - $100,000
    5. (Support, Growth) Reduce new positions in the central office:
      1. GIS Specialist - Transportation. $67,200 (1 position)
      2. Public Information Secretary $67,200 (1 position)
    6. (Support, Growth) Remove new Web developer position - $78,550 (1 position)
    7. (All levels, Growth) Remove new position for a Gifted Education specialist - $112,200 (1 position)
    8. (ES, Existing) Consolidate Kindergarten Office with Elementary Education Office - $97,300 (0.5 position)
    9. (Support, Growth) Eliminate new Retirement and Disability Specialist - $67,800 (1 position)
    10. (Support, Existing) Reduction in legal fees from Superintendent's budget - $30,000


      Level

      Some of the cuts affect all grade levels but some are specific to the elementary, middle or high school level. Some cuts affect the support services provided by the central office and are less clear what level is affected.

      All levels - $18,772,150 (48.7%)
      1. (Existing, Parents) Remove all replacement buses from the budget - 30 school buses, 25 special education large buses, and 11 special education small buses - $7,073,600
      2. (New, Teachers) Cap any proposed employee salary raises in the salary scale fix at 5% - $5,900,000
      3. (Existing, Teachers) Reduce technology assistants to half-time - $1,785,000 (50 positions)
      4. (New, Teachers) Eliminate new tech reimbursement plan for teachers - $1,500,000
      5. (Existing, Parents) Eliminate summer school - $820,000
      6. (Growth, Parents) Eliminate hiring new bus drivers - $587,700 (18 positions)
      7. (Growth, Parents) Reduce new positions needed to maintain the level of service due to enrollment growth
        • School Psychologist $86,450 (1 position)
        • Educational Diagnostician $86,450 (1 position)
        • Social Worker $91,850 (1 position)
        • Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist $81,700 (1 position)
        • Speech Language Pathologist $83,100 (1 position)
        • Occupational Therapist $83,100 (1 position)
      8. (Growth, Central Office) Elimination of the new visitor management system for security - $400,000
      9. (Growth, Central Office) Remove new position for a Gifted Education specialist - $112,200 (1 position)
      10. (Existing, Parents) Eliminate activity buses -$81,000
      Elementary School Specific (34,564 students = 49% of students) - $10,246,404 (26.6%)
      1. (Existing, Teachers/Parents) Eliminate FLES and SAMS (Spanish for grades 1-6) - $2,461,800 (33 positions)
      2. (Growth, Teachers/Parents) Eliminate the elementary school class size reduction the School Board added, but keep the LCPS proposed reduction - $2,064,000 (14 positions)
      3. (Existing, Parents) Close the remaining four small schools (Hillsboro, Lincoln, Aldie, Hamilton) - $2,000,000
      4. (Existing, Teachers) Eliminate administrative interns - $1,119,000 (15 positions)
      5. (New, Parents) Eliminate expansion of full day kindergarten - $895,854 (14 positions)
      6. (Existing, Teachers) Reduce elementary school library assistants from 1.0 per school to 0.5 per school - $874,650 (24.5 positions)
      7. (Existing, Teachers) Eliminate math facilitators - $596,800 (8 positions)
      8. (New, Teachers/Parents) Eliminate new elementary school language immersion program - $137,000 (3 positions)
      9. (Existing, Central Office) Consolidate Kindergarten Office with Elementary Education Office - $97,300 (0.5 position)
      Middle School Specific (16,512 students = 23% of students) - $5,064,342 (13.1%)
      1. (Existing, Teachers/Parents)  Eliminate Middle School dean positions and add 1 assistant principal to each MS - $2,130,942 million (31 positions) or eliminate house secretaries - $2,400,000 (45 positions)
      2. (Existing, Teachers) Eliminate specialized Family Life Education teachers (instead FLE would be taught by regular PE teachers) - $1,417,400 (19 positions)
      3. (Existing, Teachers) Increase teaching load of MS SALTs (department chairs) - $900,000 (12 positions)
      4. (New, Teachers/Parents) Eliminate the 1:1 technology initiative expansion to Eagle Ridge and Sterling Middle Schools - $616,000
      5. (Existing, Parents) Eliminate College in Six program (cost is for 1 field trip per middle school per year)
      High School Specific (19,782 students = 28%) - $3,559,700 (9.2%)
      1. (Existing, Teachers) Elimination of 14 Assistant Athletic Directors - $1,307,500 (14 positions)
      2. (Existing, Teachers) Increase teaching load of HS department chairs by 1 class; still 1 less than other teachers - $840,000 (11.2 positions)
      3. (Existing, Teachers) Remove JV coaching stipends when team is not fielded - $613,000
      4. (Existing, Parents) Eliminate bus service to Thomas Jefferson HS - $390,000
      5. (Existing, Parents) Eliminate Freshman sports - $260,000
      6. (Existing, Teachers/Parents) Eliminate HS Deans - $149,200 (2 positions)
      7. (New, Parents) Halt proposed Musical Theater magnet program
      Support Services - $1,415,250 (3.67%)
      1. (Growth, Central Office) Delay the facility usage master plan - $600,000
      2. (Growth, Central Office) Eliminate new positions from Support Services -
        1. Accounting Specialist $78,700 (1 position)
        2. Environmental Specialist $63,800 (1 position)
        3. Civil Engineering Coordinator $118,600 (1 position)
        4. Telecommunications analyst $78,800 (1 position)
        5. Resource Nurse $64,600 (1 position)
      3. (Growth, Central Office) Reduce new positions in the central office:
        • GIS Specialist - Transportation. $67,200 (1 position)
        • Public Information Secretary $67,200 (1 position)
      4. (Existing, Central Office) Reduce K-12 Insight budget (performs community surveys) - $100,000
      5. (Growth, Central Office) Remove new Web developer position - $78,550 (1 position)
      6. (Growth, Central Office) Eliminate new Retirement and Disability Specialist - $67,800 (1 position)
      7. (Existing, Central Office) Reduction in legal fees from Superintendent's budget - $30,000

      Type

      Some cuts are to new initiatives or improvements to existing programs but some are cuts to existing services. Still others are cuts to the level of service of existing programs by not adding to them to mitigate the effect of growth.

      Existing Programs - $25,047,192 (65.0%)
      1. (Parents, All levels) Remove all replacement buses from the budget - 30 school buses, 25 special education large buses, and 11 special education small buses - $7,073,600
      2. (Teachers/Parents, ES) Eliminate FLES and SAMS (Spanish for grades 1-6) - $2,461,800 (33 positions)
      3. (Teachers/Parents, MS) Eliminate Middle School dean positions and add 1 assistant principal to each MS - $2,130,942 million (31 positions) or eliminate MS house secretaries - $2,400,000 (45 positions)
      4. (Parents, ES) Close the remaining four small schools (Hillsboro, Lincoln, Aldie, Hamilton) - $2,000,000
      5. (Teachers, All levels) Reduce technology assistants to half-time - $1,785,000 (50 positions)
      6. (Teachers, MS) Eliminate specialized Family Life Education teachers (instead FLE would be taught by regular PE teachers) - $1,417,400 (19 positions)
      7. (Teachers, HS) Elimination of 14 Assistant Athletic Directors - $1,307,500 (14 positions)
      8. (Teachers, ES) Eliminate administrative interns - $1,119,000 (15 positions)
      9. (Teachers, MS) Increase teaching load of MS SALTs (department chairs) - $900,000 (12 positions)
      10. (Teachers, ES) Reduce elementary school library assistants from 1.0 per school to 0.5 per school - $874,650 (24.5 positions)
      11. (Teachers, HS) Increase teaching load of HS department chairs by 1 class; still 1 less than other teachers - $840,000 (11.2 positions)
      12. (Parents, All levels) Eliminate summer school - $820,000
      13. (Teachers, HS) Remove JV coaching stipends when team is not fielded - $613,000
      14. (Teachers, ES) Eliminate math facilitators - $596,800 (8 positions)
      15. (Parents, HS) Eliminate bus service to Thomas Jefferson HS - $390,000
      16. (Parents, HS) Eliminate Freshman sports - $260,000
      17. (Teachers/Parents, HS) Eliminate HS Deans - $149,200 (2 positions)
      18. (Central Office, Support) Reduce K-12 Insight budget (performs community surveys) - $100,000
      19. (Central Office, ES) Consolidate Kindergarten Office with Elementary Education Office - $97,300 (0.5 position)
      20. (Parents, All levels) Eliminate activity buses -$81,000
      21. (Central Office, Support) Reduction in legal fees from Superintendent's budget - $30,000
      22. (Parents, MS) Eliminate College in Six program (cost is for 1 field trip per middle school per year)
      New - $11,112,854 (28.8%)
      1. (Teachers, All levels) Cap any proposed employee salary raises in the salary scale fix at 5% - $5,900,000
      2. (Teachers/Parents, Elem) Eliminate the elementary school class size reduction the School Board added, but keep the LCPS proposed reduction - $2,064,000 (14 positions)
      3. (Teachers, All levels) Eliminate new tech reimbursement plan for teachers - $1,500,000
      4. (Parents, Elem) Eliminate expansion of full day kindergarten - $895,854 (14 positions)
      5. (Teachers/Parents, Middle) Eliminate the 1:1 technology initiative expansion to Eagle Ridge and Sterling Middle Schools - $616,000
      6. (Teachers/Parents, Elem) Eliminate new elementary school language immersion program - $137,000 (3 positions)
      7. (Parents, High) Halt proposed Musical Theater magnet program
      Needed for Growth in Existing Programs - $2,897,800 (7.5%)
      1. (Central Office, Support) Delay the facility usage master plan - $600,000
      2. (Parents, All levels) Eliminate hiring new bus drivers - $587,700 (18 positions)
      3. (Parents, All levels) Reduce new positions needed to maintain the level of service due to enrollment growth
        • School Psychologist $86,450 (1 position)
        • Educational Diagnostician $86,450 (1 position)
        • Social Worker $91,850 (1 position)
        • Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist $81,700 (1 position)
        • Speech Language Pathologist $83,100 (1 position)
        • Occupational Therapist $83,100 (1 position)
      4. (Central Office, Support) Eliminate new positions from Support Services -
        1. Accounting Specialist $78,700 (1 position)
        2. Environmental Specialist $63,800 (1 position)
        3. Civil Engineering Coordinator $118,600 (1 position)
        4. Telecommunications analyst $78,800 (1 position)
        5. Resource Nurse $64,600 (1 position)
        • (Central Office, All levels) Elimination of the new visitor management system for security - $400,000
        • (Central Office, Support) Reduce new positions in the central office:
          • GIS Specialist - Transportation. $67,200 (1 position)
          • Public Information Secretary $67,200 (1 position)
        • (Central Office, All levels) Remove new position for a Gifted Education specialist - $112,200 (1 position)
        • (Central Office, Support) Remove new Web developer position - $78,550 (1 position)
        • (Central Office, Support) Eliminate new Retirement and Disability Specialist - $67,800 (1 position)

        If you're looking for alternate cuts to propose, there have been some cuts floated that have not been proposed:
        Raise class size average in MS by 1 - $1.8 million
        Raise class size average in HS by 0.5 - $1 million
        Eliminate all stipends for co-curricular activities such as coaching, sponsoring activities, and taking on additional responsibilities - $3.9 million
        Reduce athletic offerings (not costed)
        Eliminate all bussing outside of transportation to/from school (not costed)

        1 comment:

        1. "Family Life Education teachers"--how did this get into the budget at all?
          My high school had 3,000 kids and did not have an Assistant Athletic Director.
          Since when are internships paid, apparently in this school district!
          Apparently, math facilitators are to assist ES teachers who don't have math training...not even going there.
          What is an "activity bus"?
          I've never had more than one Principal and one Assistant Principal ever at any one of my schools.
          Here's a proposal--cut the Guidance departments...my HS of 3,000 had 4 (four) counselors, one for each grade. One Principal and one Assistant Principal. Tuscarora HS with just under 2,000 students has a staff of 10 (ten) in its Guidance Dept, one Principal and three assistant principals...I personally think it's ridiculous. Of course, I don't have a say as to how my money (I worked hard for my tax dollars to be spent this way) is spent.

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