Sunnyside expects to save $5 million on proposed budget cuts

2013-11-29T13:18:00Z Sunnyside expects to save $5 million on proposed budget cutsBy Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

On Tuesday, the Sunnyside Unified School District governing board voted to move forward with the district's proposed budget cuts.

The cuts will include the closures of Los Ranchitos Elementary School and Chaparral Middle School, the reduction of elementary school specialists and the redesign of Ocotillo Early Learning Center as a pre-kindergarten-through-first grade early childhood center.

District officials want to redesign Chaparral into a kindergarten-through-eighth grade fine arts school.

Officials want to reopen Los Ranchitos as a health and wellness center.

The cuts are expected to save Sunnyside almost $5 million. The goal is to reach $6 million, officials said Tuesday.

Here is a breakdown of the reductions and how much money will be saved from each cut.

—Closure of Los Ranchitos Elementary School, $750,000.

—Closure of Professional and Community Education Center, $25,000.
 
—Chaparral Middle School redesigned as a K-8 fine arts school, $1 million.
 
—Redesign Ocotillo Early Learning Center to a pre-kindergarten through first grade early childhood center, $681,585.
 
—Reduce and redesign central maintenance services, $919,000.
 
—Release ESI and Return-to-Work retiree employees, $222,746.
 
—Eliminate one elementary school specialist at each site, $585,000.
 
—Reduction of ten campus monitors, $219,000.
 
—Reduction in administration and coordinators, $500,000.
 
District officials are still ironing out the details of the cuts, such as how many teachers, administrators and other staff will be laid off.
 
To read more about the budget cuts, click here.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4242. On Twitter: @JamarYounger

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