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OUSD Prepares For Deeper Cuts

By Misty Volaski

At Tuesday night’s Ojai Unified School District board meeting, superintendent Hank Bangser presented the 2010-2011 Preliminary Budget No. 2 to the board, with some unexpected but necessary increases in expenditures.
Dannielle Pusatere, OUSD assistant superintendent of business and administrative services, explained that the rates for the OUSD health plan increased 12 percent over last year. The district, said Bangser, has planned on 6 percent. OUSD was also not expecting six additional teachers to retire this year, meaning they needed to find additional funds to cover retirement-related costs. Those two expenditures alone totaled almost $200,000. Coupled with an almost 20 percent decrease in the amount of money the district gets per student per day, the district suddenly had a large chunk of money to make up.
To make up that difference, “We found almost $100,000 in projected savings,” said Bangser, “non-personnel savings.” But that still meant the loss of almost all the unappropriated funds. OUSD will take another look at the budget at the next meeting, and by law must have a budget ready by June 30. The state will almost certainly not have their budget ready by that time —- probably not till “July, August, or even September,” said Bangser. Once that budget comes in, OUSD may receive more bad news and have to create even more cuts.
One way OUSD is looking at reining things in would be to refuse acceptance of any new students. With class sizes nearing

At Tuesday night’s Ojai Unified School District board meeting, superintendent Hank Bangser presented the 2010-2011 Preliminary Budget No. 2 to the board, with some unexpected but necessary increases in expenditures. Dannielle Pusatere, OUSD assistant superintendent of business and administrative services, explained that the rates for the OUSD health plan increased 12 percent over last year. The district, said Bangser, has planned on 6 percent. OUSD was also not expecting six additional teachers to retire this year,

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