School district works to cut $12 million from budget

February 17, 2010

 

To help Poudre School District plan for up to $12 million in budget cuts, administrators are asking the community to take an online survey and attend a public discussion.

PSD will hold a budget information and input session from 7 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Poudre High School, 201 Impala Drive, so that district residents can learn about possible areas for budget reductions, ask questions and complete the survey. Spanish translation will be provided at this meeting.

Through Feb. 28, parents, staff and the community may take an online survey to help PSD prioritize areas for budget cuts.

The dire condition of the Colorado state budget is forcing school districts to cut budgets substantially. PSD anticipates cutting up to $12 million next year alone. The number could go up or down, depending on what the state legislature does this session.

Individual PSD schools are preparing their budgets using 4.5 percent as a reduction guideline. District departments and support services are preparing their budgets using 8 to 10 percent as a reduction guideline.

Critical review will be provided by a budget advisory committee, comprised of three community members and PSD’s three employee group presidents. Committee co-chairs are Jim Sarchet, PSD assistant superintendent of business services, and Tom Garcia, PSD executive director of human resources. The advisory committee will make budget recommendations to the district in March or April.

Gov. Bill Ritter’s proposed state budget for fiscal 2010–11 includes a $260 million, or 4.6 percent, reduction to K–12 education when compared with the 2009–10 school year. In addition, the state announced it will take back $3.3 million budgeted to PSD for the current school year. Multi-year cuts are also likely, requiring PSD to plan for reductions over several years.

For in-depth information on the budget planning process, visit the PSD budget information web page at www.psdschools.org and click on District Updates. Information is also available by calling 490-3427 or e-mailing info@psdschools.org.