SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A plan by San Diego Unified School District Trustee Scott Barnett to prevent the district from becoming insolvent will get its first airing before the Board of Education Tuesday.
Barnett will suggest at a 5 p.m. meeting slicing 10 percent from salaries, making employees pay for health plans other than Kaiser Permanente, holding off on pay raises due teachers, and making a second attempt to get voters to approve a $50 tax on each piece of property within district boundaries.
His plan would allow for certain other compensation increases and, in September 2013, return the district calendar to 180 days instead of the current 175.
If the proposed parcel tax passes this time, the pay cuts would be rescinded in six months, Barnett said.
Last November, a similar ballot measure received barely over 50 percent support but needed 66 percent to pass. Barnett said support would increase because voters were more aware of the SDUSD's perilous financial condition.
The parcel tax idea drew fire from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who called on the district to address "workforce expenditures" like the city and county governments have. Dumanis is running for mayor of San Diego.
Barnett said employee costs make up 90 percent of the district's general fund spending, so any plan to deal with a projected budget shortfall in the 2012-13 school year had to deal with personnel expenses. The budget gap could reach over $100 million, he said.
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