The good news is that public ed might only see a 6% cut next year and the bad news is that public ed might see a 6% cut next year. The legislature and governor are in discussion to finalize a 6% cut for public ed's 2010 budget. In approximate terms that means somewhere around $8 million in cuts in Weber and around $3 million in Ogden. To put that in literal terms, it costs about $500,000 per school day to run Weber District. Weber's salary steps and lanes usually run over $1 million each year. Insurance costs are trending at a double digit increase again. Bus purchases, textbook adoptions, and sabbatical requests are all possible areas of cuts. The construction projects will continue because those bonds have been sold and capital funds are used. We are entering negotiations in both districts. As we see the direction the districts want to go we will represent our members in mitigating cuts to salary and benefits.
Thanks again for reading. Rick