ERIC Number: EJ826986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Trimming Costs in Personnel & Health Care
Valenti, Ronald D.
School Administrator, v66 n1 p16-18 Jan 2009
Even in the best of times, budget development in a school community poses an enormous challenge. However, these times are hardly normal. Global markets are shaken badly. The nation's economy is in recession. State legislatures are seeking sharp reductions in the current fiscal year. Months of financial turmoil likely will make 2009 the ugliest year in memory for school officials to meet the three-part budget test--delivering quality education programs in a cost-effective manner while remaining sensitive to taxpayers' ability to pay. The old rules no longer apply. Across-the-board budget cuts and even more draconian measures, such as the elimination of interscholastic sports programs and reductions in student transportation, will not be sufficient to meet the longer-term demands of cost containment and lowered property taxes. In this article, the author describes how a suburban school district pursues two promising approaches for preventing employee expenses from spiraling upward. Both approaches--differential staffing, which reduces the number of employees receiving full-time benefits, and collective bargaining, which increases the employee's share of health care costs--promise to help districts control costs while maintaining solid support for the education of the students.
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Finance, Suburban Schools, School Districts, Employer Employee Relationship, Fringe Benefits, Cost Effectiveness, Differentiated Staffs, Collective Bargaining, Health Care Costs, Politics of Education, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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