The president of the Akron Board of Education says there's barely time to process the $18 million worth of cuts made this week to the budget before it's time to brace for the next round. Jason Haas says at least an additional $4 million dollars more needs to come out of the budget that runs from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013. He says even more large reductions in the deficit may be coming in a year.
"We have another deficit again next year and it's a large enough deficit that it's almost equal to what this one is going to be," said Haas. "If you start doing (cutting) more personnel again this summer and you have to do it again, you get to a point where you're questioning whether or not you're even offering the service you're supposed to be offering."
139 teaching positions, plus another 60 jobs, are being eliminated right away. Haas says passage of a levy that will be placed on the November ballot will not fully resolve the financial crisis, but will alleviate the cuts that Haas said would have to be made next year. The board has not yet determined the millage for the operating levy request.
It's not uncommon for people to start bashing one line item or another on a budget, particularly when cuts are being made. Listen below to what Haas had to say on the 1590 WAKR Morning Show with Ed Esposito about some comments being made on line regarding huge salaries for school board members:
Haas says any ideas on how to address higher expenses, lower revenues and dwindling enrollment will be welcomed, but he says throwing up your hands and letting the state take over has a down side.
If the state comes into a district like they did in Springfield, they tell the administration and they tell the school board, 'this is what you're going to do, these are the cuts you're going to have and these the programs we'll allow you to keep and these are the programs you've have to get rid of.'"
Haas did not say that type of loss of control is an immediate threat.