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Special Meeting of the Board of Education

Posted by Len Gilbert on September 15, 2010

The Board of Education invites everyone to attend and participate in a Special Meeting on the District budget, on Thursday, September 16, 3:00-5:00 in the City Council Chambers in City Hall.

The District, along with all school districts in California, is facing an unprecedented budget crisis. The District now projects a shortfall of $5 million over two years, starting in 2011-12. This crisis is the result of sharp reductions in State education funding, as well as annual increases in the cost of salaries and health benefits, and the expiration of Piedmont’s “emergency” parcel tax.

Since 2008, the District has resorted to one-time or temporary increases in revenue (such as the emergency parcel tax) and decreases in cost (such as furloughs) to balance the budget. In this way, the District has been fortunate to avoid the significant program cuts that are being made by nearly every school district in the State. (For example, Alameda is currently working on a schedule to close elementary, middle and high schools, and Orinda has not had school librarians for several years.) However, this approach is not sustainable — a more permanent solution is needed. Given the magnitude of the funding crisis, all manner of raising revenues and reducing expenditures must be considered.

Piedmont’s exceptional educational program was created, and has been maintained, through a vibrant and dynamic partnership among teachers, staff, administrators, families and the Piedmont community. The same collaboration and innovation is needed to address the funding crisis and minimize the impact on the quality of education in our schools. Please join us for this important meeting!

If you cannot attend in person, this meeting will be broadcast on KCOM, and questions and comments may be addressed to the full Board and Superintendent via e-mail as follows: rgadbois@piedmont.k12.ca.us; rtolles@piedmont.k12.ca.us; mjones@piedmont.k12.ca.us;jmonach@piedmont.k12.ca.us; rraushenbush@piedmont.k12.ca.us; chubbard@piedmont.k12.ca.us

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