The reductions also include $5.5 million in savings from contracts, as well as eliminating central funded graduate tutors ($3 million), the District’s contract with Playworks ($1.425 million), and reducing vacant central office positions ($1 million).
The full list of the reductions proposed by district staff can be viewed below.
The cuts were made several months after the district announced pay raises for all WCCUSD employees costing the district $28 million through 2021. The pay hikes aim to retain quality employees in the district, such as teachers.
“The reductions were spurred by several factors, including compensation increases that will total $28 million through 2021, rising pension costs, and reduced revenue caused by decreased enrollment, lower share of the parcel tax due to charter school growth and the of certain state and federal funds,” according to the district.
Said WCCUSD Superintendent Matt Duffy:
“We worked very hard to increase compensation across the District and needed to work just as hard to balance our budget. All of the proposed reductions protect our core program, allowing us to focus and make progress on our Roadmap 2022 goals. While no cuts are easy and one can argue that there is some value in each of these services, we must make these hard decisions in order to meet our targets.”