By Rick La Plante, New Haven Schools Director of Parent and Community Relations
Standing with District teachers, classified employees and administrators, the Board of Education on Tuesday night voted unanimously to reduce expenses by taking a furlough. Board members will not meet in July, giving up one month’s compensation, in solidarity with employees who are being asked to work six fewer days in 2011-12, as part of the District’s efforts to meet the financial challenges imposed by the ongoing state budget crisis.
The Board – which also voted to limit participation in the California School Board Association annual meeting and to restrict travel to other meetings – received an update on the budget situation from Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan. The proposed budget for 2011-12 – conditional to the state budget being ratified and subject to Board approval June 21 – is about $6 million less than it was this year and nearly $15 million less than it was just three years ago.