The SAUSD is cutting their school budget again, and considering laying off 153 of their teachers
The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is considering laying off another 153 teachers, according to the O.C. Register. The district needs to cut $34 million from their budget.
At the same time the district is in the process of reassigning teachers due to the fallout from having six SAUSD schools placed on the state’s “persistently low performing” list.
How exactly are teachers at SAUSD supposed to be happy about working there under these conditions? And will voters react by tossing out the incumbent school board members in November? Two of them are up for reelection, including Audrey Noji and John Palacio.
More importantly, what will these layoffs do to the quality of education, such as it is, at the SAUSD? The teachers already have their backs up against the wall! How much more bad news can they take?
I am told that the SAUSD School Board members are paid health insurance benefits. Time to end those! And time to cut their pay! And are they paid a car allowance? Time to cut that out too!
What about the administrators? Time to cut their pay too, if they haven’t already done so!
And the district needs to think about finding other ways to cut their budget, such as going to a shorter school year.
What about the SAUSD’s huge budget surplus? Isn’t it time to start using some of that? I am told they have some ninety million in reserve!
And why is it that the Garden Grove Unified School District is considering laying off only 95 teachers when they have a larger budget deficit, of $59 million, compared to the SAUSD’s $34 million dollar deficit?
The Anaheim Union High School District has a larger deficit than the SAUSD too, at $35.6 million, and they are only proposing to lay off 136 teachers. What gives?
These are drastic times. Any ideas readers?
UPDATE: Santa Ana Educator’s Association President Susan Mercer says that no one is going to be laid off. Yet the SAUSD told the Register that they are planning layoffs. So who is lying? I guess we’ll find out when the layoffs begin. The district’s budget crisis is real. Why Mercer won’t cop to this is anybody’s guess…
SECOND UPDATE: I dug further into the SAUSD website, which is very difficult to navigate. I found a presentation regarding their budget, which is to be given at this week’s School Board Meeting. Click here to see that presentation. You can see an excerpt in the graphic above.
Per that graphic, it appears that they have found a way to cut almost all of the $34 million dollars that they needed to cut. So why did they not share that with the Register? They supposedly have to cut three million more from the budget.
The bigger concern is this item, numbered 18, in the agenda for Wednesday night’s School Board meeting:
18.0 Call for Public Hearing to Reopen Santa Ana Unified School District’s Initial Bargaining Proposal and Entire Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2010-13 School Years to Santa Ana Educators’ Association (SAEA)
What does this mean exactly? Has Mercer told her troops about this?