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BHUSD Readies Budget Cuts Should Props 30, 38 Fail

The district will have to make up to $6 million in cuts if both propositions are voted down.

Beverly Hills Unified School District officials are preparing to make up to $6 million in cuts to the district’s $52 million budget if Propositions 30 and 38 both fail to pass on Nov. 6.

The propositions seek to send more money to the state’s public schools. Voters can vote for both; if both pass, the proposition with the most votes becomes law. If neither proposition passes, there are dire predictions about the future of California’s education funding. 

Proposition 30, supported by Gov. Jerry Brown, would raise the personal income tax rate for those who make more than $250,000 a year and would also raise the state sales tax by a quarter cent for the next four years. It would generate an estimated $6.6 billion for state education at all levels. Click here for more information on Proposition 30.

“The proposed cuts the governor is threatening if Proposition 30 does not pass include midyear cuts, and would be debilitating to our district,” Board of Education President Brian Goldberg said Monday in an email to constituents urging them to vote for the proposition.  

Proposition 38 would increase the state income tax rates for most Californians on a sliding scale, resulting in projected increased revenues of about $10 billion a year. Revenues would go towards K-12 schools and early childhood programs, as well as some of the state’s debt. Unlike Proposition 30, Proposition 38 sends no money to state universities. Click here for more information on Proposition 38.

While “the proposition does not fix the problem of public education funding, it is the best chance our district has of avoiding up to $6 million in cuts,” Goldberg said in his email. He also warned that “whether or not Proposition 30 passes, BHUSD will be funded below the level of funding it received in 2009-10.”

The budget cuts under consideration include eliminating staff positions not required by the state. At a budget study session held in July, BHUSD staff released a list of such positions. They include assistant principals, counselors and librarians at all five schools.

“We hope not to have to consider implementing these cuts," Superintendent Gary Woods said at the time, noting that passage of Proposition 30 would ease the funding pressure.

As a basic aid school district, BHUSD gets the majority of its funding from local property taxes. The city also spends almost $9.7 million a year on district schools through the Joint Powers Agreement. State funding, however, still accounts for up to $7 million a year of the BHUSD’s budget.

Check back with Patch for election coverage of the state propositions and for the implications of the propositions’ passage or failure.

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AJ Willmer November 06, 2012 at 02:46 PM
This is truly an urgent situation. If you have not yet voted, do vote YES on Proposition 30 and YES on Proposition 38.
Joan Weller November 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
How about, instead of cutting counselors and librarians, the District cut out the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS of general fund money (not to mention the bond money that they are misusing) that they are funneling to lobbyists, lawyers and consultants in furtherance of their elitist, Tea Party agendas to pander to the local publisher? Let's not forget that the Board of Ed just honored that publisher who urged a NO VOTE on PROP 30 and then they spent their election season opposing Measure J instead of strongly supporting Prop 30. Positively irresponsible.
Brian David Goldberg, PhD November 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It is important for everyone to understand that the Board has different pockets of money. We have general fund money which can be used for teachers, supplies, etc. Within the general fund we have restricted and unrestricted money. We also have Measure E Bond funding, which we will have to spend 16 million plus and counting to fix previous Boards mistakes and mismanagement of, these funds CANNOT be used to pay for teachers, supplies, etc. You can disagree with how we have managed Measure E in protecting our campus today and for future development but claiming that we could use that money for other purposes is just factually incorrect. By the way we have been awarded nearly 10 million in restitution we have collected over 5 million and are due another 990,000 before the end of the month, which will bring total collected to over 6 million
Joan Weller November 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Mr Goldberg: with all due respect, your answer is completely misleading. You have been spending millions of $$ in GENERAL FUND unrestricted money on LOBBYISTS and LAWYERS in opposing the subway. How about sticking to the education of our children instead of furthering your own personal political agendas? Math scores are way down at the high school, national merit scholars and college admissions have plummeted under your "leadership". Your food service debacle has left our kids without food at the high school and a gaping hole in the already dismal budget. Great job, Brownie :)
Ace T November 06, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I rather send my kids to private school then pay higher taxes......at least you get what you pay for, with higher taxes who knows how much gets misused and wasted. No more taxes and if they do pass I doubt they will collect the amount they say. Plus it won't help increase test scores or make BHSD any better.
Ace T November 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Mr. Goldberg what percentage of property taxes go directly to the City of Beverly Hills and what goes to L.A. County? Thanks!
Brian David Goldberg, PhD November 08, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Just factually incorrect our District has the highest scores in the History of API scores but we are not resting on our laurels we will continue to move the district forward one step at a time and continue to work to undue the years of mismanagement and waste that cost the district tens of millions of dollars. Our local papers and Patch have covered all of this in great detail. While opinions are nice, opinions not supported by facts are just propaganda. Still proud of my record and still working each and every day to improve our schools and community. Here is another fact, when I was elected our district was not even in top 100 for districts in the state, this year according to Dr. Woods we are 18th. Again, progress but we are far from being done. We agree math continues to be an issue and thanks to BHEF we have a program from Loyola Marimount retraining our high school math teachers. Early indications are we are making progress but if that does not work we will go back to the drawing board and try something else and keeping working until we get results. That is leadership and proud to be part of the progress.

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