The Westminster School District’s Board of Trustees has passed a resolution by a margin of 4-1 that would eliminate five positions for the district if budgeting matters do not improve come June.
The resolution, which was passed April 24 (Wednesday), also included hours reduction for two positions. Board of Trustee member Dave Bridgewaters was the only abstaining vote.
The cuts were made because “the funding from state and federal sources have failed to keep pace with the rising costs for operating the school district,” according to the resolution.
The number of positions is significantly lower than the original 20 positions presented to the board during the April 18 meeting that were up for elimination or reduction.
However, the board asked administrators to come back with multiple proposals, that included staff hours reduction, attrition and discontinuing of positions. The board specifically asked that only seven positions be offered for elimination and that administrators considered non-instructional furlough days.
Non-instructional furlough days do not effect students’ days from school.
The five jobs up for elimination included the district’s director of technology and information systems, an accountant, a bus driver, a stock clerk, and a student transportation assistant, according to the resolution.
Trish Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the district, said that while the resolution passed, the decisions will not be finalized until Governor Jerry Brown releases a revised state education budget on May 15.
The budget for the district will not be finalized until June, Montgomery said.
“By then we would have more concrete numbers,” she said. “We will know exactly where we stand for funding for next year and we can make final decisions for next year.”
Montgomery said the district is hopeful that an improved budget will be released, minimizing the necessary needs for elimination or reduction.
The next board of trustee meeting will be held on May 9.