School Finance – Impact on 2011-2012 Budget

As discussed in my previous post, EISD will lose about $580,000 in state aid for the 2011-2012 school year. As the 2011-2012 budget is prepared, we are using the student numbers at the end of the 10-11 school year to make our estimates. Under our previous state funding laws, EISD would receive about $5,044,000 in state funding for the 11-12 school year (again, this would be using the student numbers at the end of the 10-11 school year). Using these same numbers under the current funding laws, EISD will receive about $4,456,000 in state funding. This is a difference of $588,000.

We are estimating that EISD will serve approximately the same number of students during the 11-12 school year, but we will receive approximately $580,000 less in state funding to serve these students. It needs to be noted that school districts across Texas will receive additional federal funds from the Jobs Grant funding. EISD will receive about $266,000 from the Jobs Grant for the 11-12 school year. This will reduce the funding cuts to $314,000 for the 11-12 school year. It also needs to be noted that the Jobs Grant is only available for the 11-12 school year. We will not receive these funds in 12-13.

How is EISD going to make up for the funds cut by the state? Below is a summary list of the actions that EISD will take to make up for the funding cuts:

  • Reduction in staff by not replacing all personnel that leave or retire.
  • Reduction in benefits offered to employees.
  • Reduction in the local stipend for teachers.
  • No raises for auxiliary or administrative staff.
  • Elimination of certain programs (such as Spring Board Math, Reasoning Mind Math).
  • Decrease in supplies in all departments and at all campuses.
  • Drastic decrease in the amount of money budgeted for substitutes.
  • Decrease in central administration costs.

 

At this time, by utilizing the reductions listed above, it appears that no further reduction in personnel will be necessary. However, as is always the case, much will depend on student enrollment for 11-12. If we have fewer students in 11-12, we will earn less state aid. We can absorb the loss of a few students: we cannot absorb the loss of a significant number of students and still keep the same budget. In my next post, we will be looking at ways that school districts can maximize the amount of funding that they receive from the state.

 

 

 

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