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ECISD Cost-Cutting Measures

ECISD and districts across Texas are being asked to be more efficient than ever before so in a concentrated effort to avoid district-wide layoffs and tremendous increases in student-to-teacher ratios Mr. Mendez and his staff outlined the following cost-cutting measures:

  • Non-personnel reductions ($7,340,000)
    • Utilization of fund balance ($1,612,000)
    • Forego computer purchases ($1,000,000)
    • Forego bus purchases ($750,000)
    • Utilities savings ($800,000)
    • Fuel savings ($300,000)
    • Reduction in out-of-district staff development ($253,000)
    • Reduction of extracurricular/non-UIL travel ($220,000)
    • Reduction in athletics budget ($200,000)
    • Reductions in items under $200,000
      • Legal fees, contracted services, relocation allowances, adjust school start times, uniforms, suspend employee awards banquet, reduce extra duty pay-staff development, reduce National School Board conference participation, mandatory one-week district-wide shutdown in July 2012, reduce non-instructional field trips, forego capital outlay purchases, reduce maintenance part-time pay, suspension of Employee Recruitment and Retention matching program, eliminate mailing of report cards, reduce departmental budgets.
  • Position elimination/consolidation ($1,773,000)
    • Central administration – 13 full time employees ($935,000), includes Cabinet-level positions, curriculum specialists, and other director-and-supervisor-level positions.
    • Open positions – 9 full time employees ($401,000)
    • Magnet/extra units – 7 full time employees ($437,000)
  • Extra Pay adjustments ($2,013,000)
    • Suspension of Sick Leave Buy Back program ($500,000)
    • Suspension of overtime with exceptions for security, transportation, and emergencies ($466,000)
    • Suspension of teacher perfect attendance stipend ($342,000)
    • Suspension of teacher supply reimbursement ($230,000)
    • Department head extra days ($139,000)
    • Librarian extra days ($82,000)
    • Elimination of conversion of substitute pay to teacher pay rate ($123,000)
    • Other items ($131,000)
  • Program adjustments ($2,302,000) – 35 full time employees
    • Virtual High School ($928,140)
    • Truancy Program ($393,830)
    • Channel 10 ($331,200)
    • Extra clerk positions ($225,000)
    • Police Department ($143,100)
    • Communities in Schools ($120,000)
    • Other ($160,530)
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