TUSD discusses possible financial cuts
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Dec 12, 2012 | 3190 views | 7 7 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy Unified School District officials could be facing more fiscal hurdles, even after the passage of Proposition 30, according to Dr. Casey Goodall, TUSD Assistant Superintendent for Business Services.

Although the proposition, which voters approved during the Nov. 6 election, assured no immediate cuts in educational funding, Goodall told the district school board members Tuesday night at their regular meeting that TUSD was still not fiscally safe.

“This is the first time we’ve had a chance to look at Prop 30 and I think by March we’ll have a better sense of what it means for next year,” Goodall said. “We’re not panicked like a month ago, but it seems like there are more challenges.”

He said one of the biggest challenges in the future is the initial loss of 475 students at Kimball High School after ongoing construction is complete on Mountain House High School in August 2014.

Goodall said that those initial losses will be followed by a loss of 285 students each of the next two years.

“The Mountain House opening is a big impact,” he said. “We’re trying to plan that right now.”

Goodall said the district could expect a loss of approximately $2.8 million in the first year, followed by $1.4 million the two following years due to Mountain House High opening. He noted the projected figures are “a 5 to 6 percent loss of funds.”

Such a financial loss could eventually affect high school level programs and staffing across TUSD, Goodall said. There will be a push by TUSD and Kimball officials to try and make the school “more attractive” as a way to keep students from transferring to the new 46.5 acre Mountain House campus, he said.

Another area of concern for TUSD, Goodall said, is the state’s $1.9 billion deficit that Gov. Jerry Brown will have to address by Jan. 10. He expects the governor will keep the promise he made during the campaigning for Prop. 30 to protect education if the measure was passed.

“I think we’re not recommending any cuts, but over the next three months we’ll be looking at other possible (fiscal) impacts,” Goodall said.

A more detailed fiscal update is expected to be given to the board by Goodall in mid-January.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

AT A GLANCE:

WHAT: Tracy Unified School District meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11

WHERE: District Education Center, 1875 W. Lowell Ave.

DETAILS: President Greg Silva, Clerk Gregg Crandall, and board members Jill Costa, Walter Gouveia, Ted Guzman and Bill Swenson were present. Vice President James Vaughn was absent.

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ThisGuy!
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December 14, 2012
Kimball High School should have never been built. It could have waited 10 years before being an absolute necessity. It should have been obvious to those that approved for a 3rd high school in Tracy that Mountain House was going to become independent (hense the big boom of homes). Neighboring city, Livermore, is populated a couple more thousand than Tracy and it seems as if they are doing really well with only two high schools.
TracyHighStudent
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December 13, 2012
They could save a LOT of money by getting rid of the so-called "security guards" at Tracy High. They don't actually provide any security to the students, staff and property. If you ever need one of them, they're hiding out in an empty room playing with their iPhones and swapping jokes and stories.

I understand the need for some sort of security presence on campus, but these buffoons they currently have hired just ride around on golf carts and give unwarranted attitudes to the students.

And before you accuse me of being a trouble-making student who despises authority, I am actually an honors student who has never been in trouble and I am 100 percent FOR security and safety at school. It's just that these lazy clowns currently masquerading as security guards provide nothing more than a false sense of security, along with a glimpse of what our futures hold for us should we not take our education seriously or strive to become anything more than a golf cart's seat warmer with a smart phone.

I can't speak for the security personnel at the other high schools, but Tracy High's should be drug-tested, given mental health evaluations and forced to re-interview for their current positions.
zan2684
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December 13, 2012
this is sooooo true!!!!

i wish we can like comments like on facebook!!!
THS_Parent
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December 17, 2012
Hahaha. I think we ALL know who you're talking about here.

But we'll just let her remain nameless. Lol.
Point_of_order
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December 12, 2012
It must time for Negotiations with the Unions; the gloom and doom talk has to get started.

Prop 30 was the "relief" TUSD needed. And now it's not enough?

Employees have not received a raise in years and ALL health insurance cost increases have been passed on to the employees. As an employer the district hasn't been hurt any where the amount that employees have.
princesaportuguese
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December 12, 2012
Everyone needs to read up on the State, County and City CAFR and you'll ask yourself how they have the audacity to cry poor and ask you for more money.


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