Dear Walnut Creek School District Community,
As the state budget has plummeted, so have WCSD financial resources. Last year in 2008-09, the district cut $1.6 million from its $26 million dollar budget. In January 2009, the district gave back $600,000 to the state, and we cut an additional $750,000 for 2009-10. These monies came from our layoff of 22 teachers, 9 paraprofessionals, and a cut in hours for our instructional specialists in art, music, and PE at the elementary schools. Our budget has decreased from $26 million to $23 million in just two years.
Overview of the State Budget:
--State revenues have fallen dramatically.
--Expenditures continue to rise.
--Borrowing has been more difficult and more expensive than ever before.
--California continues to lose jobs.
--More people demand social services, that won't be available, during a downturn.
--Proposition 98, a guarantee minimum for schools, has been on a downslide. There have been cuts to the revenue limit, cuts to categoricals; however, we have gained flexibility within remaining categoricals. What this means overall is less of everything for California's children.
With the loss of the State ballot measures and the declining state revenues, where does WCSD stand?
Schools receive a revenue limit per pupil. Our revenue limit was to be deficited 13 percent, but we will be deficited 17.967 percent for 2009-10. In other words, we will receive 82 cents to the dollar. For Walnut Creek School District, we will end up with $5000 per student instead of $6000.
But, you ask, isn't Walnut Creek receiving federal stimulus dollars?
We will be receiving approximately $1.5 million dollars in federal stimulus dollars. However, the state will be taking back $1.65 million. That sentence shows you the district's predicament.
In general, this means that we will only be able to bring back a limited number of the 22 teachers who were laid off. So this means higher class size. K-3 is being staffed at 25:1 for 2009-10; five students more than the 20:1 this year.
Grades 4-5 will be staffed at 27/28:1, and middle school classes will remain similar to this year.
The news is certainly gloomy for children.
We are still working on particulars concerning staffing for next year. Rest assured, that the all teams: administrative, certificated, and classified employees, will continue to serve all students to our highest abilities even in such dire times. We stand committed to ensure a strong education for all students in Walnut Creek School District.
Walnut Creek School District