We got this email from our superintendent. He's asking for recommendations for ways to cut the budget. What ideas do you guys have? I'd like to give him some really great ideas. Based on the Governor’s State of the State address and on recent discussions I have had with the Governor, his staff, and legislative leaders, it is clear that the District must prepare for additional significant funding reductions. We won’t know precise amounts until after the Special Session of the Legislature concludes later this month, but I believe that reductions for our District, from now through the end of next school year, will likely exceed $100 million – and that is on top of the $253 million we have already cut since 2008. Since all of us who work for the District will feel the cuts in some way, I welcome your suggestions for reducing or eliminating expenses. To accomplish this, a temporary e-mail address has been established so that you may submit your ideas via e-mail. Before sharing your suggestions, please consider the following points: • We are an educational organization and our mission is instruction. As we impose reductions, my priorities are to protect programs for students to the greatest extent possible and to protect jobs for employees. Neither of these will go untouched, but I am hoping for the least impact possible in both areas. • Responses will not be tallied like votes. Each idea will be reviewed on its own merits regardless of the number of times it is submitted. • Many employees have already written to recommend a four-day workweek. It is not necessary to resubmit this suggestion. • No suggested savings will be too small to consider. • Positions may be recommended for elimination, but not individuals, since reductions in force will be implemented as prescribed in contract. • The District will work as appropriate and necessary with bargaining units to explore suggestions that require changes in negotiated agreements. There are many nuances to funding that employees may not be aware of, such as mandatory state or federal expenditures, grant fund vs. general fund expenditures, statutory limitations on bond fund use, subjects of mandatory bargaining, and many other factors outside of our control. However, I believe that your insights and recommendations will be instructive, and I look forward to hearing from you. Over the course of the next several weeks, you may send your suggestions via email, addressed to “Savings.” Please know that your input and support continue to be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your constructive ideas.