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Charter Oak Approves District 2012-2013 Budget

Governing board will consider numerous options in order to keep district afloat for the next two years.

Having to deal with the state's massive $15.7 billion deficit, the Charter Oak Unified School District recently passed a budget that must address a plethora of possible reductions.

Charter Oak is considering salary rollbacks, furlough days, class size adjustments, reductions in books and supply, in addition to other options. The Governor's May Revision would also allow school districts the option of reducing the school year by up to 15 days for the next two years, officials said.

The district is anticipating a $2.6 million deficit for next year. Due to declining enrollment, the district projects continued loss in Average Daily Attendance funding, with $2.8 million projected for 2013-2014 and $2.7 million in 2014-2015.

Governor Jerry Brown's May Revise stated that flat funding would be provided for next year, but is predicated on the notion that voters will pass the Governor's November tax increases on sales and those with an income of $250,000 or more. If the tax increases are defeated, "trigger" language in the state's budget could slash current ADA by $441, according to the Department of Finance, officials said.

Charter Oak's budget was built with the view that voters would approve of the Governor's tax increases, said Kathy Perkins, chief business officer for Charter Oak.

"The shortfall is due to deficit spending due to years of greatly reduced state revenues and not enough reductions in spending to make up for that loss," Perkins said. "Our district has lost approximately $35M in revenue over the past 5 years."

A June 9 poll in the Sacramento Bee reported support for the tax hikes lingers ad 52 percent.

"52 percent is probably within the margin of error, so it's rather scary," said Joe Probst, Charter Oak board president. "At graduation, it was the students that really pointed out the loss of a week of education since last year and how it hurt them. The possibility is that it could do more damage."

The 2012-2013 budget was calculated using the previous year's ADA, which stood at 5,677. The district estimates enrollment could drop to 5,514 next year and fall even further to 5,348 by 2014-2015. Charter Oak has been allowing teachers to retire without replacing them to adjust for the decline, officials said.

"Should the student population begin to grow, Charter Oak Unified will begin to hire teachers to accommodate number of students," Perkins said.

Fred G June 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM
With the reduction in the state funding, and the reduced enrollment in the local schools maybe it would be a good time to look at merging the Charter Oak schools into the Glendora, San Dimas, and Covina school districts.
EZDuzit June 30, 2012 at 03:02 AM
The merging of Charter Oak, Glendora and San Dimas schools makes sense because of the commonality of demographics, but knowing school districts as I do, it'd probably take a decade for them to work out all the details and get legalities in order to make it become a reality. Excellent suggestion though!
Denise B. June 30, 2012 at 03:51 AM
You would realize economies of scale by merging the administration people and keeping the money in the classrooms. This is a no brainer. It doesn't mean that the Charter Oak admin people would all be eliminated. The admin should be merged and then culled so that we see a blended representation. We need to vote NO on any tax increases until this type of waste is forced to be eliminated.
Lois M. Shade July 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
District enrollment counts/estimates from January 19, 2006 Measure C official documents are list below and obviously over-stated when the current student count for next year is estimated at 5,514. I would be curious how many Charter Oak students have been lost to district of choice, a new law that allows students to enroll in any district that they feel will address their educational needs. Glendora and West Covina both have adopted district of choice options to secure their ADA by increasing student counts. Charter Oak School Board needs to be more aggressive in addressing student enrollment counts especially since they received approval for a $47 million bond. $47 million but who are they going to spend it on? 2001 6790 -30 2002 6962 172 2003 7021 59 2004 7160 139 2005 7104 -56 2006 6879 -278 2007 6845 -34 2008 6795 -27 2009 6801 6 2010 6812 11 2011 6793 -19 2012 6793 0 2013 6793 0
Joshua July 07, 2012 at 08:04 AM
School all time ask for school supplies!, and very bad personal here,people have choice where is better place and safe for students,don't think wrong! really we no need more money is better idea think about teacher not need more high salaries,they need to really work for the same check,and cut personal,simple! we not need more,please,open your mind.why???if you are rich donate your money (for good vacations teachers),simple..I have a 3 high school boy's one in college and for many years school want more increase for them,I'm tired for heard this in special if they continue keep suppose license teacher's in comfortable position's,better salaries and bad education,listen what happen this 3 years,about parents,are you in board meeting,you has to be there and heard them,about,what real school need,,better idea play "LOTTO" and donate that money!!..
Joshua July 07, 2012 at 08:06 AM
School all time ask for school supplies!, and very bad personal here,people have choice where is better place and safe for students,don't think wrong! really we no need more money is better idea think about teacher not need more high salaries,they need to really work for the same check,and cut personal,simple! we not need more,please,open your mind.why???if you are rich donate your money (for good vacations teachers),simple..I have a 3 high school boy's one in college and for many years school want more increase for them,I'm tired for heard this in special if they continue keep suppose license teacher's in comfortable position's,better salaries and bad education,listen what happen this 3 years,about parents,are you in board meeting,you has to be there and heard them,about,what real school need,,better idea play "LOTTO" and donate that money!!..
Gina April 19, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Why you said! Where expend the money! Simple answer is....teachers vacations...staff hypocrite expendent on new cars....best position, best check.... Children's support offended from school staff and teachers, why this pach delete comments you got orders? We express the true...

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