Sacramento Road Trip 2010 - Saugus Union School District Position
Saugus Union School District is an elementary pre-school through 6th grade district in the Santa Clarita Valley. We have an operating budget of approximately 110 million. We have 10,350 students housed in 15 schools. Our enrollment has been steadily declining over the past four years. We are the administrative unit for the Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA).
Impact of Budget Cuts
- Loss in revenue through 2009-10: 11.9 million (18.4% cut)
- Projected additional loss in revenue: 2.4 million (additional 2.4%)
- Class size increase in primary grades from 20:1 to 25:1
- Reduction of teachers: 35 (9%)
- No summer school program 2010 or 2011
- Reduction of school programs due to sweep of Tier 111 flexible categorical funds
- Permanent closure of Bouquet Canyon School due to lack of funding for a new school and declining enrollment due to new housing market collapse.
- Temporary closure of Emblem School due to declining enrollment due to new • housing market collapse.
Reduction of Administrators:
- One principal
- Five assistant principals
- Four additional support staff administrators
- Five furlough days for all management
- Twenty furlough days for assistant principals
- Other deep cuts currently are being negotiated with our teachers and classified unions.
Public Education is at a crossroads. Never before have we been so challenged by claims that the public schools are failing. Never before have we experienced such cuts to the very programs designed to meet the needs of our students. In Saugus Union School District we are not failing our students. In fact, we not only continue to provide quality learning environments but also seek new opportunities to develop exciting state of the art programs for our students in spite of the monumental, devastating cuts we have received. We will be opening our first developer built school in 2010-2011 with a focus on music and the performing arts. We will also be offering full day kindergarten programs for the first time in 2010-11.
But how much longer can we do more with less? The time has come for Sacramento to weigh in. Are you here to support and applaud our efforts or shut us down?