With recent news of impending deep budget cuts at San Diego Unified School District swirling around, I’m frequently asked how this might impact AEA. As mentioned in an earlier post, the same factors inherent in the proposed CA state budget and therefore school funding (which makes up the largest portion of the state budget) will have an impact on AEA’s budget planning. However, the district manages their budget processes and we, as independent charter schools, manage our own.
It is still unclear, at least from following news stories, how deep the district must cut in order to bring a balanced budget forward. Here is an interesting recent story in the Voice of San Diego illustrating the challenges of budget planning and determining exactly how many district employees will be impacted.
At AEA’s March 7 board meeting our leadership team brought forward some cost-cutting proposals that, while seeking to bring forward a responsible budget, will leave staffing levels and class sizes intact for the 2017-2018 school year. It is important to note that AEA leadership brings forward proposals and recommendations, but ultimately it is the board of trustees, as fiduciary stewards of the organization, who make the final decision.
The AEA board will consider for a second time and likely vote on staff recommendations at their April 11 board meeting. This meeting is open to the public (as are all AEA board meetings) and will be held at 3035 Ash Street, San Diego, CA 92102 beginning at 4:30 pm. The meeting agenda will be posted on both AEA campuses in a public place and will also be available online at www.aeacs.org (click ‘Board’ link) at least 72 hours prior to the start of this meeting.