Last week, Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the state budget, meaning Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools must now figure out what to do with the estimated $2.8 million loss they face.
The school board will be discussing details at Thursday's general meeting, but a copy of a tentative plan for the district has been posted on their website.
After the jump, a breakdown of the cuts (according to the posted document) and what the district plans to do to address each:
Discretionary reduction - $1,803,275
The school district planned their allotments for class sizes that are two students larger than last year's in grades 4-12. This cut out around 30 teaching positions, which is equivalent to the discretionary reduction in the budget. These positions were, in general, reduced through attrition.
No more teachers are expected to be cut, and most of the 40 teaching assistants in limbo wil be able to return. There will be five fewer elementary classroom teachers next year. Between middle and high school, the district expects class sizes to stay around the same.
Textbooks - $386,488
There won't be new high school math textbooks, basically.
Improving Student Accountability - $194,448
Last year, this money was used to support struggling students and staff development. But it's not the only money that does so, so these funds aren't coming back. There's money from a disadvantaged student supplemental fund available. The school saved almost $200,000 in this pool when they cut summer school short by four days this year.
Central Office - $123, 858
$750,000 was already cut from the central office because of local budget reductions. It's unclear how they'll accommodate this addition.
Staff Development - $89,383
All staff development funds from the state have been eliminated. Each school keeps a small reserve for staff development, and Title I schools receive additional monies, however.
Non-instructional Support - $80,333
This includes custodial staff, office personnel and substitutes. Right now, there are two vacant custodial positions - they just won't be filled.
School Technology - $72,127
While this cut may hurt, there are other sources for technology funding from the state. Also, IDEA funds for special education students can be applied to school technology.
Transportation - $45,388
Right now, there aren't any plans to eliminate after-school buses but there may be fewer buses, once routes are re-jiggered. Sometimes, the school district gets extra bus money from field trips, so they aren't asking for a new allocation for this.
Limited English - $29,772
It's possible this may be restored with local funds.
Mentor Positions - $15,321
These are federal Title II funds that support mentoring and should not impact the district significantly.
Total State Reductions: $2,840,392
So, what's next? The board will meet and see if they can re-allocate some of the local funds to restore some monies to possible new teacher positions, ESL, staff development, central office and non-instructional support. They think they'll have an extra $200,000 in local funds because of the extra stimulus money.
And Orange County Schools folks, don't worry: I'll post up their information as soon as I get it.