The Davis County school district and city governments in Davis County will study the possibility of joining hands in an effort to educate voters on the effect of the November tax initiatives.
Davis Schools Superintendent Richard Kendell asked COG members - the mayors or city administrators of the cities in the county - to join with the district in apprising voters of the effects of the tax reduction on schools and government services.The COG members agreed they like the idea of a joint voter education effort, perhaps publishing a brochure outlining the effects of reduced revenue on cities and schools.
Kendell said the precise impact of the initiatives cannot be predicted, but preliminary studies by the state tax commission show the Davis school district could lose up to $15 million next year.
The district's general fund budget, from which the $15 million would be cut, totals $108 million for the current year, Kendell said, passing out copies of the district budget to the mayors.
At the request of state school officials, each district has drawn up a list of where cuts could be made to operate within the reduced budget, Kendell told the city officials.
In drawing up his list, Kendell said he operated on the philosophy of first providing the basic services required by state law and considering everything else to be optional. The state requires a district to provide educational services for 1st through 12th grades, he said, meaning kindergarten could be cut.
Another option the district is studying, Kendell said, is early graduation of seniors, in January instead of June, by packing their school schedules with required courses and eliminating electives. Reducing the contract year from its present 180 days is also on the list, the superintendent said. Each day cut from the school year saves $2 million.
The district could also increase its class size, from its average of 28 students per class up to 35, Kendell said, and eliminate the career ladder program for teachers or cut classroom aides.