Facts about the Challenges and Opportunities for Inglewood Unified School District
- Our current adopted budget reflects an $8 million deficit this year, which grows to nearly $13 million in the 2019-20 school year. Declining enrollment, pension cost increases, and operating more schools than needed for 9,260 students are the biggest factors contributing to the deficits. After a forensic review of prior year’s financials, errors and miscalculations compounded the problem.
- Our district must pay $1.8 million annually for the $29 million loan borrowed during the 2012-13 school year. The district must continue paying this annual amount for the next 17 years (including this year).
- In the last seven years, IUSD has lost approximately 4,000 students but has not closed a single facility. One school was re-purposed, but it still requires staffing and maintenance.
- The district has proposed difficult but necessary concessions to ITA effective the 2018-19 school year. The combined savings from the concessions from all employee groups will be approximately $4 million.
Dealing with challenges and leveraging opportunities
- In an effort to save costs and reduce the deficit, the district is:
- Cutting district-office department budgets by 20%
- Placing a $9,400 cap on family medical benefits for management effective January 2018
- Rebidding contracts (including trash and copier machines)
- Closing vacant management, certificated, and classified positions
- Laying off classified positions effective January 2018
- Exploring an early retirement incentive to minimize layoffs
- Our Board, management, ITA, and CalPro are working collaboratively to improve facilities and find efficiencies that improve the overall condition of our schools and the teaching and learning environments, including:
- Demolishing unused and deteriorated portables at Kelso Elementary (Summer 2017), Monroe Middle (Winter 2018), and Bennett-Kew Elementary (Spring 2018)
- Modernizing Payne Elementary with LAWA and Measure GG funds starting February 2018
- Bringing back special education programs from non-publics schools and LACOE, improving services to students, hiring our own staff, and saving costs for the districts.
- Planning additional school improvements and school consolidations
- By maintaining and increasing our enrollment, we have both the opportunity and power to slow down the need for making further reductions. We can do this by working together to support to provide our students and families with exceptional programs and education. Together we can overcome any challenge we face and revitalize our district again. DREAM. BELIEVE. ACHIEVE!