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MUSD BUDGET REDUCTION PLAN

Tough Times Mean Tough Decisions

April 2020

 

MUSD faces an ongoing budget deficit

Many school districts in California are facing severe budget shortfalls…

MUSD is no different. We are currently spending $784,000 more than we receive. The ongoing budget deficit is not due to mismanagement.  Over the years, we have been lucky to receive one-time funds which have allowed the district to continue with its programs and staff.

 

Our deficit continues to occur and will grow to $858,000 in 2021-22.  If not resolved, MUSD’s growing budget deficit could result in the district being taken over by the county or state within just a few years.

 

We need to take action now for the future of the district.

 

Mammoth Unified District Costs are increasing & reserves are being depleted.

multiyear projections

If we don’t reduce the ongoing budget deficit, MUSD is highly at risk.

salary

MUSD is targeting $750,000 in ongoing budget reductions by trying to increase revenues & decrease expenditures.

 

INCREASE

REVENUES

 

DECREASE EXPENDITURES

Seek more funding…

 

Reduce district spending…

We are turning over every stone…here are some ways we are trying to find additional funding for our students:

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MUSD has worked on cost-cutting measures for many years. Here are suggestions we’ve considered:

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SEEK GRANTS

We continue to seek new sources for grant funding in all areas.

 

REDUCE UTILITY COSTS

We are seeing a small savings as a result of staff efforts to keep utility costs down.

 

ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR CRITICAL PROGRAMS

We are grateful for our generous community, the NOW Foundation and the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation who support our programs.

 

REDUCE NON-CLASSSROOM COSTS LIKE TRANSPORTATION & FACILITIES

We have many programs which have restricted funding which cannot be used for staff costs. For example, annually we have to set aside money for routine maintenance.

 

WORK REALLOCATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING

The money we receive for special education may be renegotiated with the SELPA Governance Team (in progress).

 

CUTS TO STUDENT PROGRAMS

AND SERVICES

Cuts to programs would affect opportunities for our students: for example Athletics, FLEX or intervention. Wide cuts would have to be made to see a significant savings.

OPTIMIZE CURRENT FUNDING

We are looking for additional savings in all of our programs (such as intervention programs)

 

COMBINE DISTRICTS and/or MCOE

This has been attempted unsuccessfully in the past. This type of merger is not within the scope or control of MUSD.

UTILIZE TRUST FUNDS

Our retirees’ health benefits are currently paid from the general fund and could come from the irrevocable trust in the future. Unfortunately, investment trends are unpredictable and may decrease due to the economic downturn.

 

CUT SALARY & BENEFITS FOR

 ALL STAFF

Our staff salaries, including teachers, classified staff and administrators, have not increased this year. Reductions for all staff would be a hardship on all of our employees and would need to be negotiated with unions.

 

SEEK PARCEL TAX INCREASE

An analysis of our parcel tax is in progress to determine the possibility of increasing our parcel tax. This can be done by voter approval only. Our current parcel tax will expire in 2022.

 

REDUCE SOME STAFF POSITIONS

Staff reductions, including teachers, administrators and classified staff are made through attrition whenever possible. Reductions in staff have an impact on class size. Administrative cuts are still being considered.

 

MUSD BUDGET REDUCTION PLAN

MYTHS AND FACTS

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MYTH

It was rumored that MUSD did not consider any reductions beyond the elimination of staff.

FACT

Many budget cuts have been considered over the last few years. The current MUSD Budget Reduction Plan includes attempts to regain revenue, including paying retiree benefits from our irrevocable trust, exploring ways to reduce costs of our intervention programs and requesting a fair reallocation of funds for special education programs. Site budget reductions are also up for consideration, but were tabled at the last board meeting.

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MYTH

We have heard rumors that administrators received raises this year while other staff did not.

 

FACT

District employees receive step and column increases according to our salary schedules (on our website). Beyond that, no district employees received a salary increase this year.

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CLASS SIZE AVERAGES

 

MES

 

MMS

 

MHS

2019-20

25

28

17

2020-21

26

28

22

 

MYTH

It has been said that MUSD plans to raise class size to over 40 students per class.

FACT

Class size averages will increase slightly with the Budget Reduction Plan (see table).

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MYTH

It has been speculated that the MUSD Budget Reduction Plan will decrease the quality of educational services provided to our students.

FACT

MUSD has made every effort to reduce the negative impact of budget reductions.

NO student programs or courses have been eliminated as a result of these budget cuts.