Action Update From the VUSD Board

November 6, 2019


The purpose of this update is to inform the community of the actions that were taken by the Board at the November 6, 2019 Special School Board meeting. In order to address budget solutions, board members reached consensus on budget reductions from the Blueprint for Educational Excellence and Innovation. The board members engaged in a seven hour process, carefully analyzing and discussing the impacts of the reductions in an effort to keep the focus on students at the center. The board members stated many times that all programs, staffing, and resources in Vista Unified are important and valued. Our collective responsibility to maintain a fiscally stable budget for the 2020-21 school year is the foundation of our school district. The board members were able to reach consensus on $11 million in total budget reductions, which includes $10 million in unrestricted reductions. As a result, the board has an additional $3.3 million in reductions to make at the November 14, 2019 board meeting to reach the required $13.3 million in total budget solutions. 


Reductions Unrestricted: $10,197,786

Reductions Restricted: $853,729

Total Reductions: $11,051,515

Unrestricted = most flexible dollars

Restricted = must meet predefined state and federal guidelines 


Board Actions:


Core:

  • 5 Middle School Counselors (Academic) - Reduced $93,023 (1 positions)

  • 18 High School Counselors (Academic) - Reduced $186,047 (2 positions)

  • 16 Hourly Prep Teachers Elementary (negotiable) - Eliminated $235,000 (16 positions)  Restructure to utilize current music teachers (7 positions) and five additional teachers (5 positions) to provide teacher prep. Focus of additional teachers to be determined by site.


Support Level 1:

  • Professional Expert Contract (LCAP Climate Survey)  - Eliminated $88,000; utilize grant funds 

  • Social Emotional Intervention Programs (PASS Americorps, PLUS, Lifeline, etc.) - Reduced $54,258

  • Magnet School Program - Reduced $310,000

  • C & I Core Instructional Materials (curriculum and textbooks) - Reduced $100,000

  • Teen Parent Program -  0.2 Teacher on Special Assignment -  Eliminated $35,000; utilize grant funds

  • Teen Parent Program - 1 Lead, 0.44 Secretary, 4.88 Assistants - Eliminated $422,000; utilize grant funds

  • 3.75 School Resource Officers - Eliminated $650,000

  • 15 Elementary School Counselors - Reduced $372,093 (4 FTE)

  • 22 Community Liaisons - Reduced $345,580 (6 FTE)

  • 8 TK-5 Impact Teachers - Eliminated; grant funding expired

  • 6 TK-5 Impact Teachers (Title 1) - Addition of 1 FTE $150,000

  • Additional Sections for Reading Interventions Grades 6-12 - Eliminated $349,000

  • Elementary Math/English Language Arts Implementation Support (hourly certificated) - Eliminated $21,525

  • Resource Teacher - Continuation High School - Reduced $81,600 (.5 FTE)

  • Impact Teacher Middle School (Low Performance Student Block Grant) - Eliminated; grant funding expired

  • Impact Teacher Middle School (Title 1) - Eliminated $140,000

  • Biliteracy Path Development (hourly certificated) - Reduced $5,000


Support Level 2:

  • Cyber Security, Asset Tracking, Student Privacy - Reduced $20,000

  • Secondary Performing Arts Support - Reduced $50,000

  • Next Generation Science Standards TK-8 Site Leaders (hourly certificated) - Eliminated $42,000

  • Personalized Learning Challenge Funds for All Schools - Reduced $750,000

  • Professional Development English Language Development (hourly certificated) - Eliminated $25,000

  • 4 Psychologists (Special Education) - Reduced $240,000 (2 FTE) 

  • Induction Mentors and Leads (stipends and hourly certificated - negotiable) - Reduced $25,000

  • Multi Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) “Scale up” (hourly certificated) - Reduced $80,000

  • Career Technology Education (CTE) Pathways Support - Eliminated $52,000

  • CAP/PAR (stipends and hourly support) - Reduced $10,000

  • Operations and Safety Projects - Reduced $32,500


Support Level 3:

  • TK- 8 Library Media Techs (hourly pay for extended hours) - Eliminated $260,000

  • AP/IB Supports (training, release time, community nights) - Eliminated $94,000

  • Lead Instructional Assistant (Special Education) - Eliminated $70,000

  • Onboarding for new teachers (certificated hourly) - Reduced $20,000

  • TK-12 Digital Software - Reduced $334,564 (iReady elementary)

  • Director of English Language Development - Eliminated $200,000

  • Professional Development Administration (coaching, training) - Reduced $15,000

  • Professional Development Workshops (FACE, P-3, PL, etc.) - Reduced $24,500

  • Network Infrastructure and Equipment Upgrades (eRate) - Reduced $235,000

  • Equitable Site Allocation Tech Devices - Reduced $450,000

  • Professional Development (Special Education) - Reduced $10,000


Support Level 4:

  • 8 Resource Teachers (Wheel) - Eliminated $990,000 (8 FTE)

  • 3.5 Resource Teachers in the Educational Excellence Department - Eliminated $540,000 (3.5 FTE)

  • 3 Secondary English Language Development Resource Teachers in the Educational Excellence Department - Reduced $146,667 (1 FTE)

  • 6 Personalized Learning Teachers (Wheel) - Eliminated $660,000 (6 FTE)

  • Additional 2 Instructional Days (Management) - Eliminated $108,650 

  • Additional 2 Instructional Days (Classified) - Eliminated, pending negotiations $384,092

  • Additional 2 Instructional Days (Certificated) - Eliminated, pending negotiations $1,481,054

  • Compliance Coordinator - Eliminated $162,062

  • Communication - Graphic Design, Support, Printing - Reduced $12,000

  • Communication Supplies - Eliminated $24,500

  • Furniture - Eliminated $64,000

  • Recruitment - Reduced $8,000

  • Professional Experts (Personalized Learning) - Eliminated $80,000

  • Recruitment (Hourly) - Eliminated $9,300