Clovis News

Clovis School District cuts $8m from budget

Clovis Unified School District trustees made $8 million in cuts Wednesday night, including a 2% pay reduction for all employees, but avoided having to send out layoff notices next year.

Clovis trustees supported the cuts by a 7-0 vote.

The district could still be $12 million short for the next budget year, which begins July 1, if California voters don't agree to extend taxes that were put in place in 2009 to bridge budget shortfalls by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The district's annual general fund budget is $275 million.

If voters reject the tax extensions, the district will have to make more cuts next year. The district plans to make up any shortfall this year using budget reserves.

The largest chunk of this year's savings will come from the 2% pay cut, which will save $3.8 million.

District trustees also approved a plan to eliminate 27 vice principal, learning director and counselor jobs. Those employees are being reassigned as classroom teachers, but they could apply for other administrative jobs that become vacant due to retirements or promotions, said Kelly Avants, district spokeswoman.

The annual savings on those 27 jobs is about $1.6 million.

The district also is preparing to make changes to the management of its health-care benefit program that is expected to save about $1 million.

Another change is planned for special education transportation. Using district buses and employees instead of hiring a contractor is expected to save $450,000.