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Many thanks to the Budget Review Committee (Dr. Pellicone, Dr. Bertain, Allison Okyle and Mary Ellen Figaroa)

for their hard work so far in our efforts to balance the budget.  The following analysis was developed by Allison

& me based in large part on data provided by our staff.  Like the balance of my website, what follows represents

my views and does not necessarily represent the views of Allison Okyle or any other member of the Board

of Education or any employee of the District.  What follows is a list of POSSIBLE ways to reduce the projected

budget deficit of over $1 million.

 

Please note that none of this should be viewed as a criticism of any particular program or position.  However,

absent a major increase in revenues or efficiency, it appears that some programs and/or positions will

need to be modified.  It is sad that our district appears to be far less efficient than some of our competitors

(see comparison below).  As a member of the governing Board, I am committed to holding the relevant

people accountable for this and promoting a more efficient deployment (less waste) of the District's resources.

 

We need to balance our budget.  This is mandatory, not optional.  There are two ways to do this:

            1.  More efficient deployment of our funds (paying less for the same or better results).

            2.  Cutting staff/programs.

Sadly, until recently, there has been little focus on efficient deployment of funds.  Now that we are facing a

deficit of more than $1 million and dwindling reserves, we have very little time to achieve greater efficiencies. 

However, in the long run, I am hopeful that we can save a lot of money every year by better deployment of our

resources.

 

Again, this website represents only my personal views & ideas.  It is virtually certain that after the entire

Board & the staff have had a chance to research & discuss the various points, we will come up with something

quite different.  My purpose here is to allow all interested parties to see my personal analysis and give

everyone the opportunity to contribute to achieving the best possible result for the District.

 

Also, I appreciate the value of all of the programs & positions that I am proposing as possible cuts.  Unfortunately

for the District, the prior Board added programs & positions that we cannot afford to maintain unless we either

increase revenues or cut expenses.  I am very open to ideas for preserving as many programs & positions as

possible, consistent with balancing the budget -- please feel free to e-mail me.

 

I understand that this analysis has already caused great concern for some staff members.  I hope that they

can appreciate my desire that this process be as public as possible so that everyone (including such staff

members) can participate in the process with as much information as possible.  As I did with the Beverly

Vista EIR issue, I plan to float ALL my ideas, then be prepared to change my mind when people persuade

me that I am wrong or that there is a better solution.  As a former member of the general public, I can

still appreciate what its like to be on the outside trying to figure out what's going on.  The purpose of

this page is to let everyone know what I am thinking & to share the analysis that I have developed for

my own use.

 

Note that some of the dollar figures are, at this point in time, nothing more than informed guesses.  We will need

to work with the staff to flesh out this analysis, but I believe some of these items may produce even greater

savings than is projected below.  In the meantime, I am highlighting these informed guesses by showing the

figures in blue ink.

 

As always, I would appreciate your ideas. 

 

1999 Budget Analysis

Revenue ideas

1999-2000

2000-2001

Alumni association

$ 250,000

$ 500,000

(10,000 then 20,000 alumni at $25/year each)

Arts/music telethon

$ 75,000

$ 100,000

Create dedicated fund for positions that would otherwise be cut

Logos/trademarks

$ 1,000

$ 25,000

City maintenance of fields

$ 10,000

$ 25,000

Program funding audit

???????

????????

Need to verify that we get max funding from all sources

Productive use of Channel 36

$ 10,000

$ 25,000

Student projects, info tapes & fundraising

Contingent grant writing

$ -

$ 50,000

What happened with BV pilot program??

Subtotals

$ 346,000

$ 675,000

Expenditure ideas

1999-2000

2000-2001

A. Dr. Pellicone's proposed attrition

Elementary counselor

$ 72,821

$ 72,821

Elementary librarian

$ 72,821

$ 72,821

Psychologist -- HS

$ 74,164

$ 74,164

PE teacher -- HS

$ 51,355

$ 51,355

HS Counselor?

???????

???????

Why did we omit? Use KBEV & website/referral bank to make more efficient.

GATE encroachment

$ 106,483

$ 106,483

Subtotal

$ 377,644

$ 377,644

Move Art Director back to classroom next year??????

Will Ed Code Section 44955.5 allow us to declare "budget emergency" before August 15th?

B. Possible additional staff cuts

2 Elementary librarians

$ -

$ 142,500

FLES -- grades 4 & 5

$ -

$ 50,000

Can do now by not filling spanish position at HS?

2 Elementary music teachers

$ -

$ 125,000

Can do now by not filling music position at HM?

Art coordinator

$ -

$ 35,000

Put back in classroom 3/5ths time

Home ec & shop at middle schools

$ -

????????

Reduce new employee credit for prior svc

$ 10,000

$ 25,000

Golden handshake program

$ -

$ 25,000

Phased payout

C. Insurance audit

(get free prevention survey from BHPD)

Low estimates

$ 25,000

$ 30,000

Need to get more info

High estimates

$ 50,000

$ 100,000

Need to get more info

D. District office & high school clerical efficiency savings

Low estimates

$ 25,000

$ 75,000

Based on average of other districts

High estimates

$ 50,000

$ 150,000

Based on average of other districts

E. Utilities/housekeeping

Low estimates

$ 25,000

$ 75,000

Based on average of other districts

High estimates

$ 50,000

$ 100,000

Based on average of other districts

F. Reduce food service deficit

Low estimates

$ 10,000

$ 20,000

Based on average of other districts

High estimates

$ 50,000

$ 60,000

Based on average of other districts

G. Improve all purchasing procedures for goods & services

Rough guess

$ 25,000

$ 30,000

Need to get more info

H. Reduce travel/in service

$ 20,000

$ 20,000

Assumes 10% reduction

General ideas

Revenue/expenditure/efficiency synposium think tank at BHHS -- invite PV, San Marino, etc. & have day long info exchange

AO's efficiency experts from UCLA? Need more info.

Reward system to solicit/process employee ideas

Have contest among students for best letter to alumni soliciting their financial assistance

Master computer program for single entry & optimal distribution of data.

Insights from Comparison to Other Districts

(selected items)

Average of

Difference

%

(first 2 columns on per student/ADA basis)

Comparable

Adjusted for

Differ-

BHUSD

Districts

BHUSD ADA

ence

TOTAL, CERTIFICATED SALARIES

$ 3,787

$ 2,719

$ 5,578,164

139%

More efficient deployment seems possible

TEACHERS' SALARIES

$ 3,277

$ 2,334

$ 4,925,289

140%

Need curriculum audit ASAP

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS' SALARIES

$ 176

$ 162

$ 73,122

109%

SUPERVISORS' SALARIES

$ 16

$ 18

$ (10,446)

89%

LIBRARIANS' SALARIES

$ 46

$ 8

$ 198,474

575%

We are very high here

GUIDANCE, WELFARE, & ATTENDANCE SALARIES

$ 187

$ 112

$ 391,725

167%

We are very high here

SUPERINTENDENTS' SALARIES

$ 44

$ 36

$ 41,784

122%

ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL SALARIES

$ 18

$ 13

$ 26,115

138%

We are somewhat high here, need more info

OTHER CERTIFICATED SALARIES

$ 15

$ 27

$ (62,676)

56%

Need more info re this

TOTAL, CLASSIFIED SALARIES

$ 953

$ 777

$ 919,248

123%

We are very high here

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDES' SALARIES

$ 121

$ 165

$ (229,812)

73%

Other districts seem to rely more on aides

ADMINISTRATIVE SALARIES

$ 86

$ 69

$ 88,791

125%

We are somewhat high here

CLERICAL/OFFICE SALARIES

$ 294

$ 233

$ 318,603

126%

We are somewhat high here

MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS SALARIES

$ 374

$ 224

$ 783,450

167%

We are very high here

TOTAL, BOOKS AND SUPPLIES

$ 315

$ 235

$ 417,840

134%

We are very high here

TEXTBOOKS

$ 82

$ 56

$ 135,798

146%

We are very high here

BOOKS OTHER THAN TEXTBOOKS

$ 15

$ 9

$ 31,338

167%

We are very high here

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

$ 89

$ 76

$ 67,899

117%

OTHER SUPPLIES

$ 128

$ 94

$ 177,582

136%

We are very high here

TOTAL, SERVICES & OTHER OPERATING EXPENSE

$ 758

$ 500

$ 1,347,534

152%

We are very high here

INSURANCE

$ 63

$ 30

$ 172,359

210%

We are very high here

UTILITIES AND HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES

$ 280

$ 141

$ 725,997

199%

We are very high here

RENTALS, LEASES AND REPAIRS

$ 77

$ 61

$ 83,568

126%

We are somewhat high here

OTHER SERVICES & OPERATING EXPENDITURES

$ 287

$ 220

$ 349,941

130%

We are very high here

TOTAL, CAPITAL OUTLAY

$ 285

$ 149

$ 710,328

191%

We are very high here

EQUIPMENT EXPENDITURE

$ 271

$ 107

$ 856,572

253%

We are very high here

EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT

$ 2

$ 12

`

17%

TOTAL, OTHER OUTGO

$ 298

$ 90

$ 1,086,384

331%

We are very high here

Inter-fund transfers to DEFERRED MAINTENANCE FUND

$ 27

$ 16

$ 57,453

169%

Inter-fund transfers to CAFETERIA FUND/ACCOUNT

$ 19

$ 5

$ 73,122

380%

Some districts show $0 - learn what they do

 

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