A worst-case-scenario budget outline expected to be submitted Tuesday to LAUSD board members calls for steep cuts to adult and early education, elementary school arts programs and school athletics transportation, as well as a 50-cent hike in lunch prices.
The draft version recommends cutting $557 million to shore up a budget deficit. The dramatic cuts are virtually unchanged from a budget outline submitted to the board last month that stirred massive opposition from teachers and students. Board members postponed the plan one month to allow time to negotiate cost savings with employee unions.
In the draft proposal, 24 adult education campuses would be closed, cutting more than 1,500 jobs and saving the district $134 million in the 2012-13 school year. Another $18 million would be slashed from early education programs, affecting nearly 2,000 employees.
Librarians would lose jobs, too. Children would use an automated system to check out books, according to the draft outline. In addition, more than 300 cafeteria staff would be let go. The high-profile Academic Decathlon and All District Honor Marching Band also would be affected.
School officials said Thursday the financial plan was still being hammered out and there could be some changes to the proposed cuts.
The district had until Thursday to negotiate with United Teachers Los Angeles and other unions in an effort to avert thousands of potential layoffs through salary give-backs
A statement by the LAUSD is expected today that will offer a timeline of Reduction In Force (RIF) notices.
"We are still actively negotiating with our collective bargaining partners," a district spokesperson said.
School officials have called the budget outline a worst-case scenario, born out of years of deficits for Los Angeles Unified, which has lost a total of $2.8 billion and 8,000 employees since the financial crisis hit California in 2008-09.
"We'll have to have a `what-if' scenario for next year ... to return as much of the $557 million in the operational hole as possible with very few knowns," LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said in February.
Deasy has said eliminating most adult education classes in 2012-13 would save nearly $200 million to help bolster K-12 programs.
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