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BHUSD Brainstorms How to Make Up for Projected 2013-14 Cuts

The school board will decide at its Nov. 27 meeting how to slash $3.5 million from the district's $52 million budget.

Editor's Note: This article headline and text have been edited to reflect that the discussion of budget cuts was not on the school board's Tuesday study session agenda. The meeting did cover ways to make up for the projected revenue decrease. 

The Board of Education has yet to make a decision on how to make $3.5 million in potential programing cuts for the 2013-14 school year in anticipation of reduced state funding, but is exploring ways to make up for the expected shortfall. 

BHUSD's state funding will be below the level received in previous years. The district needs to make expenditure reductions to maintain a balanced budget, which it must show to the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The cuts represent about 7 percent of the annual Beverly Hills Unified School District budget of $51.5 million.

Board members, school administrators and district parents spoke out at Tuesday's study session about ways to make up for the expected reduction in state funding. School principals will be asked to get more involved in PTA fundraising efforts, for example.

The non-profit Beverly Hills Education Foundation will start a major fundraising campaign later this month, BHEF officials said. The organization will ask each BHUSD family to contribute $1,000 every year. With about 3,200 families representing 4,500 students in the district, the campaign could net $3.2 million.

"The $3.2 million would only get us even," board President Brian Goldberg said about offsetting BHUSD's potential budget cuts. "This community needs to address a parcel tax."

The school board is set to address the budget cuts at its Nov. 27 meeting.

"We need to save ourselves here," board Vice President Jake Manaster said. "The entire school district will fall apart if it has to cut $3.5 million."

Check back with Patch later this week for coverage of the school board’s effort to put a parcel tax on the March 2013 Beverly Hills ballot.

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cutop November 14, 2012 at 05:42 PM
How about we start by ceasing the wasteful spending of millions on lawyers, lobbyists, and PR firms hired to fight the losing battle against Metro? Also, maybe buying that million dollar house for our Superintendent wasn't such a great idea after all.
Andrea Fine November 14, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I have always supported the school bond measures and now the BHUSD wants to shove a parcel tax upon us. The School Board has no controls, no accountability, blames everyone including past school board members and metro and is already hemorrhaging our Measure E funds by the millions. With leadership like Goldberg and Korbatov I cannot trust putting any more funds into their hands. Vice President Jack Manaster is probably the biggest disappointment for he professes to be the businessman and common sense board member. I sadly believe that he is going to lead us into a fiscal cliff if we all don't take our heads out of the sand. I understand that he manages a large million dollar furniture company. Would he manage his business like he does our schools? My kids are slated to lose music, library services, middle school electives and other core academic opportunities that makes BH so special. However we are going to continue spending money on lawyers, PR, lobbyists to fight Metro. Remember folks... Over 50% of this community supported Measure J even with the trashing and narcissistic editorials by Goldberg, Mrisch, Korbatov and Cliff Smith bashing the Chamber and other common sense minded residents who believe in mass transit. Stop making excuses and look in the mirror and start protecting our children. My husband and I struggled to buy a home in BH 10 years ago to send our kids to our public schools. Don't let us down...
cutop November 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Amen!
leeving November 15, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Andrea Fine well said. But remember, (Parcel Tax).The Superintendent might need a new Boat ? or a new RV ? or maybe even a Pony. And also remember Dr. Goldberg stands by his record whatever that may be, Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both. Horace Mann
BH Hell November 15, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Just curious... cutop, Andrea Fine and leeving... are you all BH residents? If not, what do you care about how they run the school district? Let them burn themselves and look back at how dumb they've been this whole time.
cutop November 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I am a Beverly Hills resident and a parent.
leeving November 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Ditto
Andrea Fine November 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Yes and with kids in the BHUSD

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