District Slashes Budget by $2.6 million

Elizabeth Lenczowski

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Acalanes Union High School District Superintendent John Stockton announced the fiscal services staff’s First Interim Report.  This report outlines a $2.6 million decrease in funds for the 2010-2011 school year. Also, to meet legal requirements, the district will have to cut another $2.6 million for 2011-2012.

Because of these cuts, in 2010-2011, the district may have to fire 16 teachers, nine non-classroom teaching positions, and six support staff positions.  It is possible that staff who have worked for the district for over ten years may be eliminated.  In 2011-2012, the district will layoff 13 teachers, three non-classroom teaching positions, six support staff positions, and one administrative position.

“The Acalanes Union High School District must meet the challenges of these extraordinary economic times,” said Stockton in a press release on the district’s website. “Insolvency is not an option.  The district must make many difficult decisions for the long-term welfare of the educational community.”

In addition to budget cuts, the AUHSD will not be hiring any more employees for the rest of the school year.

“As of December 1, 2009, any current or future open position will be kept vacant until which time the Superintendent or Associate Superintendent – Business Services deems an extraordinary need exists for this service,” said Stockton in a press release on the district’s website.  “Unless there is a significant positive change in the economic condition of the state or district, this hiring freeze will remain in effect throughout the 2009-2010 school year.”