The District Has Other Options for Closing the Budget Gap

Posted: January 28, 2013 in Community Information, Costs, Other Districts
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SaveNASchools has offered the district several suggestions with respect to closing the budget gap.  One of them is outsourcing transportation.  This option would result in two types of savings (1) a one-time windfall from the sale of the bus fleet and, (2) annual savings from cost efficiencies.  Other districts have seen significant benefits from these arrangements.

“Penn Hills’ director of business affairs Richard Liberto said the move would save the district $3.3 million the first year and from $1.4 million to $1.7 million yearly thereafter for the remainder of the five-year contract. The first-year savings figure includes the sale of the district’s bus fleet to First Student.”

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We’ve also attached a report that explains how outsourcing works and addresses the most common concerns.  Here is an excerpt from the report:

“Our research has found consistent evidence that outsourcing contracts between public school districts and for-profit service providers can be mutually beneficial, producing cost savings (and sometimes new revenues), profits for the contractor, improved services for the school district, and more resources directed into the learning environment.

Education spending in the US is now nearing $600 billion per year, of which at least 34.5%–that’s more than $200 billion—is for non-instructional services. Through outsourcing, school districts seek to reduce the costs in time, personnel, and dollars for services that are necessary but not core to the educational mission, thereby moving greater resources into the classroom.  At the same time, they seek improved quality in these services, which according to the best studies, they receive.”

To read more, click here.

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Comments
  1. Frank Corona says:

    This is great information to have before the hearing on Wed. I love the quote from Penn Hills Board president Carl Barbarino
    “We’re here to educate our kids and we cannot afford to lay off 56 teachers, increase class sizes to 30, 35 kids to a class,” he said. “So it’s a give and take area. And unfortunately we had to take this stance.”

    Imagine that – a school board that is willing to prioritize and put childrens education above all else! If only NA’s school board would think the same way!

  2. William Thomas says:

    Right on, Frank! Why won’t the NA elected school board members consider all the cost savings options before trying to close schools with the resulting detrimental effects on the students?

    NA School Board members, can you answer this question?

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