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Budget update: Board to consider recommendations for reductions Nov. 21

Budget Update graphic Nov. 21 Board Meeting The Folsom Cordova Unified Board of Education will consider a package of budget reductions proposed to help alleviate the District’s budget challenges during its next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, which begins at 6 p.m. and is held in the Education Services Center, 1965 Birkmont Drive in Rancho Cordova. 

The meeting will also be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/folsomcordova.

The PowerPoint presentation outlining proposed budget reductions can be found here. The formal resolution the Board will be asked to approve can be found here

How were these reductions identified? In recent months, the District has been working collaboratively with its employee unions, including the Folsom Cordova Education Association and the California School Employees Association, to explore long-term budget reductions designed to minimize potential staff reductions and reduce impacts to classrooms and student learning. 

If the Board adopts the recommended reductions Thursday, the District will still need to identify an additional $2.5 million in cuts by its next report to the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) by March 2020. 

Why do cuts need to be made? School districts across the state are experiencing fiscal challenges due to rising employee and operating costs that are outpacing revenues. The Board has held five public study sessions in the last year to explore ideas for solutions to Folsom Cordova’s budget shortfall. 

In the 2020-21 school year, the District projects an estimated $3.5 million budget shortfall, and an additional $5.5 million the following year. If long-term, ongoing cuts are not identified, SCOE may reject the District’s budget, prompting deeper cuts.  

Have any cuts been made previously? As part of the first phase of budget reductions this year, the District has taken several actions, including reducing travel and conference expenses, saving money through early retirements, eliminating vacant teaching positions that did not have class rosters, declining to backfill some clerical positions, and eliminating some administration positions by collapsing vacant positions. 

More background information: Below are links to public presentations and resources during this year’s budget development process: 

-Daniel Thigpen, Director of Communication & Community Engagement, dthigpen@fcusd.org