GALVESTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Significant Changes, General Operating Fund
August 31, 2011
· Staff was reduced through attrition, taking advantage of staff that resigned or retired, resulting in a decrease in staff of approximately 4%.
· All salaries were frozen at the 2010-11 level. Teachers were not given a step increase.
· Class size waivers have been applied for to accommodate the reduction in instructional staff, which resulted in larger class sizes and higher student/teacher ratios.
· The district self-insured health insurance plan was dissolved and replaced by TRS Active Care. Even with a $75 per month increase in district contribution, employees were faced with higher premiums and typically had to make the choice to accept lower levels of coverage.
· Co-pays for the district’s primary health care clinic visits were implemented.
· Charges for failing to cancel scheduled but unclaimed office visits were implemented.
· Property/casualty insurance coverage, including all peril, wind & flood, was reduced to maintain the same level of cost as the 2010-11 year.
· Campus discretionary budgets are allocated based on students served, and are used at the discretion of the campus principal to provide instruction supplies and instructional support. The fixed amounts per student served were reduced 15%:
o High School – $162 reduced to $138, or $24 per student
o Middle School – $92 reduced to $78, or $14 per student
o Elementary School – $83 reduced to $71, or $12 per student
· Departmental budgets for fixed and variable cost, developed based on an analysis of historical cost and current need, were targeted for a 15 percent reduction. Average reduction was 12 percent.
· The technology five-year rotation plan for computers and other technology equipment was abandoned and replaced with a minimal upgrade for servers and software.
· The transportation annual rotation for buses was abandoned and replaced with a minimal purchase of three buses, representing a 20 year rotation cycle.