Details on Easy Cuts CUSD Can Make

Superintendent Joseph Farley has said the district can cut $11 million of the $51 million it needs to find without new union pacts. Here's how they'll impact schools.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story described funds being moved around were coming from from English-language learners. In fact, they funds are called Tier III funds, which in part serve English-language learners.

The is proposing a number of cuts for the 2012-13 school year that will impact everything from sports to special education to bus transportation.

Although , $11 million are cuts it can make fairly easily, without having to negotiate new agreements with labor unions, Superintendent Joseph Farley has said.

Through a Public Records Act request, Patch has obtained details for the $11 million in cuts.

In recent months, the Board of Trustees has reviewed several lists of possible lay-offs and cuts the district can make without consulting the unions. Among those that will be felt at the schools are:

  • Cutting nearly 16 special education teachers
  • Tightening teaching staff by reducing non-teaching assignments
  • The elimination of many instructional assistant positions, including those for English learners and special education
  • Reduction of , which will result in fewer hours at the middle schools
  • The defunding of all boys' and girls' lacrosse coaches
  • Letting go of two assistant coaches per high school for varsity football
  • Reducing one assistant coach for boys' and girls' basketball and soccer teams
  • The elimination of some high school activities clerks so that the schools have the same number
  • Reducing the number of at the high schools and middle schools
  • Cutting various stipends, including those for elementary student council, peer assistance leadership programs at the elementary and middle schools, academic competitions for the middle school (spelling bee, science fair and others)
  • The elimination of all extra-curricular transportation
  • Reduction of home-to-school transportation

The list will be finalized when the board passes its 2012-13 budget, scheduled for its June 27 meeting.

Moving Money Around

The district is expected to receive $21.3 million in funding targeted for specific needs. However, because of the continuing school budget crisis, the state gives school districts the flexibility to spend this money in other areas.

According to a document obtained by Patch, the district is proposing to move $9.4 million from these programs, effectively defunding some of them, including:

  • Advanced Placement fee reimbursement
  • PE teacher incentive grants
  • Community-based English tutors
  • Intensive instruction for students studying to take the California High School Exit Exam
  • School counselor grants (for grades 7-12)
  • Administrative training program
  • Pupil retention block grants

In addition, many programs will be drastically reduced and offered on a “minimal basis,” including:

  • Almost all of the summer school budget
  • $1.2 of the $1.6 million for deferred maintenance
  • $226,441 of the $333,730 for GATE students
  • Most—$2 million of the $2.8 million—for textbook repair, replacement

In district parlance, the money is “swept” to other areas. The board will hold a public hearing about this shifting of funds at its June 11 meeting. 

Management Layoffs

In addition, the district is proposing layoffs of employees who work at the district’s headquarters in San Juan Capistrano. Among them are:

  • 1 executive director of educational services
  • 1 director of educational services
  • 1-2 facilities personnel
  • 1 manager of fiscal services
  • 1 manager of technology
  • 2 in the transportation department
  • 1 bilingual secretary
  • 1 account technician
  • 4 employees in transportation, maintenance and graphics divisions

Closing Barcelona Hills Elementary

Finally, will eliminate several positions, including prinicipal, lead custodian and attendance clerk.

See the attached PDFs for more information.

Anonymous June 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Adding to the problem of less funding is the millions removed from the general fund to support a for profit charter school who's supporters are actively looking for other CUSD campuses to expand their franchise. Nepotism within OPA's management makes the entire thing look sleazy. Within the past week supporters of privatization have said on Patch that they want to shut down and take over Palisades, Wood Canyon, San Clemente High School ( "put them in uniforms to help SC property values" was the post" ) and made statements that Marco is run by gangs and attended by illegals. CUSD has moved on from the politics of Winsten, Beall, Reardon and Lopez-Maddox-name of the week. Members of the Roche family currently working at the Mission Viejo location and paid for out of CUSD general funds: Rebeca Roche – Coordinator of Special Services – OPA Brian Roche – Nutritionist Chef – OPA Dan Roche – PE Teacher – OPA Sue Roche – OPA
Penny Arévalo June 01, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Anonymous, we'll have a story shortly where discussion of OPA will be more on target. Hang in for a few minutes. And please, be careful about your accusations. OPA is a non-profit, despite what you believe. Corporation status is something that is documentable. I go by documents. And if there were no OPA, there'd be 1.1 million less of a gap. What do you do about the other $50 million? That's the subject of this article, but again, we're only minutes away from another article where you can take your OPA discussion there more approrpriately.
Penny Arévalo June 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Here you go, Anon. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/low-enrollment-not-a-threat-to-capo-schools Fire away! :-)
OC Mom June 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Here's an article from the LA Times about Marco being like a Mexican public school. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/sep/02/local/me-sanjuan2 These observations aren't new. What's telling is that page 2 of the Times article, the non English speaking father concedes thru an interpretor that moving to Ambuel where it is mostly white was the best thing that they've done. His daughter is receiving a better education, more attention, more homework and speaking better English. Here's one from OC Register: http://images.ocregister.com/newsimages/community/sanjuancapistrano/2008/08/carterresponse.PDF Here's comments about it: http://www.ocregister.com/news/wrote-167204-language-school.html
Capo Parent June 03, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Clearly a union hack. You keep misrepresenting the facts, OPA is a non-profit. As for nepotism at OPA, how about the fact that CUSD pays the salaries, health benefits and pension contributions for the heads of CUEA & CSEA, and neither does any work for CUSD! Also don't forget about the $30,000 CUSD allocated to teacher the teachers union how to negotiate better. As for your claim that OPA will takeover and shut down Palisades, Wood Canyon, or SCHS, to say you are delusional is an understatement of the highest order. What other fairy tales did your tooth fairy tell you? As for your claim that CUSD had moved on from the politics, Beall, Reardon and Lopez-Maddox, you're finally correct. We have gone from a balanced budget to union domination and a $51 million deficit. The current union majority on the board makes the former board look like geniuses.


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