Newark Needs Your Input
Help set the direction for student success in Newark Unified School District
NUSD is hosting community engagement events to gather recommendations for budget reductions over the coming years.
For many years California has underfunded education, causing local school districts to tighten our belts. This fiscal constraint is coupled with a steady increase in the cost of healthcare and employee benefits. This has a major impact on our budget, with the vast majority (about 85%) spent on personnel costs.
Additionally, NUSD has experienced a significant decline in enrollment, largely due to decreased birth rates and families moving away from the Bay Area’s high cost of living. NUSD’s student enrollment has decreased by approximately 1,300 students since 2008. With funding around $8,200 per pupil, the total loss is over $10 million.
Efforts to Date
In 2016-17 and continuing this school year, we are streamlining expenditures and looking at cost savings and revenue building. NUSD was recently visited by a Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). Their findings show that we are spending funds properly and that we are not able to sustain our current level of spending. There are no easy solutions. We cannot offset expenses with funds from sales of property, such as the Ruschin site; the only permitted use of proceeds from property sales is capital outlay, such as buildings or equipment.
Exciting and innovative initiatives across the district, such as STEAM programs and after-school activities, will make NUSD a destination for students. We expect these efforts to help us reverse the trend of declining enrollment, and demographic studies indicate that Newark’s school-aged population will increase in the coming years. Until we see these factors impacting enrollment, we must operate with the number of students we currently serve, and face budget cuts.
We will submit our final budget reductions to the Alameda County Office of Education by October 8, 2017. We will work up to that deadline to develop budget scenarios and recommendations for the Board of Education to consider. To that end, we need your input to prioritize what cuts need to be made through the lean years ahead. The community engagement opportunities we are hosting allows all community members to have a voice in what reductions NUSD should make and what priorities we should maintain. We encourage you to share your recommendations via one or more of the avenues for input listed on this page.
Through any challenge, NUSD will preserve our core value of putting children first, and as always, our community is what will make NUSD students successful.
Budget Reduction Input Sessions
Child care and translation will be provided during all sessions.
Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Kennedy Elementary Library
Thursday, September 21, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Lincoln Elementary Library
Tuesday, September 26, 8:30 – 10:00 am
Musick Elementary Library
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Schilling Elementary Library
Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Newark Junior High Library