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Per sport fee part of budget cut plan going to board

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Prep athletes may pay $153 to play

Lathrop High Principal David Chamberlain looks over the Level II recommended budget cuts during Wednesday's committee meeting.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED January 11, 2009 1:07 a.m.
High school students may have to pay up to $153 per sport next school year to participate in after-school athletics.
The athletic participation fee is part of so-called “Level II cuts” advancing to the Manteca Unified School District board when they meet Tuesday in a bid to cover a $14 million deficit for the school year starting July 1. A 100-member committee that represents a cross-section of teachers, administrators and classified employees recommended level II cuts. Those proposed cuts — if the board adopts all of them – coupled with previous cuts will leave about $630,000 more in cuts to be made in order to balance next year’s budget.
The $153 per sport participation fee would save the district $315,000. The budget committee is suggesting booster clubs pay at least 75 percent of the cost with parents picking up the rest.
Other Level II cuts recommended by the committee are as follows:
• Close the Sequoia Annex and shift students to the main Sequoia School campus to save $200,000.
• Close the Lathrop Annex by adjusting boundaries or by moving portables from the annex to the main Lathrop School site to save $202,000.
• Redefine three neighborhood school busing boundaries to save $55,000. This would realign East Union High — south of Highway 120 — to Sierra High impacting 20 students, realign Joshua Cowell area (McNairy Circle) to Shasta School impacting 60 students, and realign New Haven (California Classics neighborhood) to Cowell School impacting 120 students.
• Terminate the contract with Laidlaw to transport special education students and bring in house to save $140,000. Buses would need to be bought in the initial year.
• Eliminate or restructure the five high school dean of activities positions to save $120,000.
• Reduce the number of high school counselors by four to save $260,000.
• Reduce and restructure athletic contracts to save $50,000. This would require moving some night events to day events, coordinating and consolidating travel from buses to vans and maximizing in-town tournaments to decrease travel and reduce lighting charges.
• Eliminate senior projects as a graduation requirement to save $65,000.
• Eliminate stipends paid to department chairs to save $122,400.
• Provide incentives for employees to retire earlier to reduce higher payroll costs for experienced teachers.
• No cost of living increases to save $779,148.
• Eliminate administration substitutes for three days a year to save $33,863.
• Switch minimum half day certificated sub pay to two-hour “show-up” compensation and then hourly thereafter.
• Close all facilities one-day a week during a five-day work week when students are not in attendance to save $3,000.
• Continue the hiring freeze to save $1.5 million.
• Eliminate three work days for all employees to save $3,120,000.
• Cut general fund contribution for block scheduling at Sierra High and Lathrop High to save $210,000.
• Lower the heating and raise the cooling levels to save $350,000.
• Eliminate classified uniforms to save $14,000.
• Double up on use of maintenance vehicles to save $30,000.
• Eliminate conferences and travel to save $147,091.
• Eliminate car allowances for administrators to save $175,000.
• Eliminate mileage reimbursement to save $24,850.
• Use administrator substitutes in the classroom (80 administrators, five days a year) to save $56,000.
• No overtime to save $300,000.
• Do not mail payroll checks to save $12,000.
• Eliminate cell phones for administrators to save $6,000.
• Do not mail progress reports or report cards to save $2,000.
• Eliminate curb-to-curb transportation on Student First buses for many special education students to save $200,000.
• Cut the paraprofessional aides in special ed classes in half to save $300,000.
The school board meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the district office, 2901 E. Louise Ave.
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