Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CA School Districts Demonstrating Cost Control

School Districts across California are utilizing a wide variety of options to control costs. Several are using across the board salary reductions in addition to furlough days to protect student programs and services. Administration, certified and classified employee groups have all demonstrated effective use of these options.

Some agreements use restorative language to give back furlough days and restore pay when revenue returns to a predetermined level.

Here are some examples:

Lodi Unified School District classified employees will have an across-the-board 2-percent salary reduction beginning Jan. 1, 2011, which saves the district about $645,000 per year. This is in addition to furlough days.

Capistrano Unified School District teachers have a 3.7% salary reduction along with furlough days and benefit cost reductions. The contract had 'reinstatement' terms that restored these when revenues returned.

Hesperia Unified School District teachers agreement includes a 1-2% pay reduction with restoration language, step increases deferred (column increases remain) and 9 furlough days yielding a total cost reduction of at least 5.86%.

Elk Grove Unified School District teachers agreement includes furlough days, suspension of an annual bonus, increasing doctor's office co-pays, and "a pay cut of 1 percent to 2 percent, depending on salary."

Rocklin Unified School District administrators have a 2% pay reduction and four furlough days.

Hemet Unified School District classified employees agreed to a 4.95% salary reduction and five furlough days for a total reduction of 6.5%.

Oceanside Unified School District administrators took a 5% salary reduction to save $700,000.

Lake Elsinore Unified School District teachers will have six furlough days for the 2011-2012 school year. These furlough days will be rescinded if new revenue becomes available.