PIEDMONT -- A few part-time support staffers in the school district will lose their jobs effective Oct. 15 -- sort of.
The school district announced last week that because of the completion of the seismic bond program, the jobs of Emeryville custodian, weekend custodian, Emeryville driver, custodian coordinator and part-time Havens school secretary will be eliminated or reduced. The positions total the equivalent of 1.1 full-time workers. The district has declared that it will try to find other positions for these employees within the schools.
The district continues to run a tight ship when it comes to budgeting. However, their reports note $104,000 in adjustments resulting from payroll overpayments from January. Assistant Superintendent Michael Brady explained this week that there was a systemwide error in employee payroll in January. The district believed the error was corrected, but end-of-year closing statements still showed the overpayment.
"It was determined that a 'ghost' of January payroll-deferred pay deductions was held in the system's software and added money to (some) teacher's paychecks," Brady said, so that those teachers received twice the money they should for summer paychecks.
"The funds have been accounted for, and the money returned to the district," he said.
Brady said in other areas there was a decrease in spending with stable revenues, although each year the state reduces its per-pupil allocations,
There was a savings of $122,000 in employee salaries and benefits, due to furlough days and concessions by bargaining units. Another $863,000 was saved in expenditures for books, supplies and services. About $447,000 of this amount was saved due to reductions in district-encumbered expenses for special education services.
State revenue is up $40,000 for categorical programs, such as arts and music and Gifted and Talented Education. Federal revenue is up $34,000 for mental health services. The district has a 2012-13 operating budget of $28.8 million in revenues and expenses of $30.5 million, most of which is used for employee salaries and benefits. It is balanced by transferring funds from reserve accounts and "sweeps" from categorical programs.
The board also approved temporary borrowing from the Alameda County Treasury to meet cash flow needs during the year. It unanimously supported voting for Propositions 30 and 38 in the November election to support schools. The next school board meeting will be on Thursday instead of the usual Wednesday meetings.