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Columbus City Schools Officials Prepare for Budget Cuts
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Jamie Justice) -- As many Central Ohioans make their list of New Year's resolutions, Columbus City Schools leaders are pondering a list they will need to make in 2014.
Interim Superintendent Dan Good says the district will cut $50 million from the budget year beginning July 1, 2014.
In a memo to district staff, Good said they are "assessing the district's financial position in anticipation of having to make budget reductions for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond."
The superintendent said this month they will begin to identify areas of potential reductions.
"The District will follow a business-oriented model using a pro-forma analysis... [that] allows us to efficiently and effectively assess each area," he said.
Previously, Good told ABC 6/FOX 28 that cuts in teaching staff are expected because a majority of the district's budget is used for salaries. If $50 million dollars were cut from teacher salaries alone, it would be equivalent to about 750 positions.
There has been no public discussion concerning a spring levy, which would have to be put on the May ballot by February 4. Voters turned down a levy request in November that would have increased taxes by almost 24 percent.
Complicating the process, the make-up of the school board will soon change, with two new members do to be sworn in next month. Board President Carol Perkins has said she will not run for the president position in 2014. The board will not only have to make decisions on whether to float another levy, but on potential budget cuts as well.
The following is the timeline CCS released on the budget reduction process:
- November: Meet with associations to discuss budget reductions and process to be used
- December: Create pro-forma program analyses with all cost and data elements and identify areas of potential reductions
- January: Faculty and staff review/input and community review/input
- January: Discussions with BOE regarding identified reductions and finalization of staffing allocations/reductions to prepare for classroom assignment (211) process
- February: Review all budgetary decisions to ensure priorities are met and within targeted parameters, and that results from the 211 process and negotiations are also within targeted parameters
- March: Ensure 5-Year Forecast and budget are aligned with available resources
- April: Follow final resolutions to 211process and negotiations to ensure all adjustments and/or additions are included in the budget
- May: Distribution of presentation materials to BOE and staff
- May 20: Presentation of Five Year Forecast and budget to the BOE
- June 3: Follow-up discussion from BOE presentation
- June 17: Presentation of Appropriation Resolution to the BOE
- June 20: Distribution of budget detail to schools and departments