Monrovia School Closures Possible If Tax Measure Fails

If voters don't approve Governor Jerry Brown's tax measure in November, the Monrovia Unified School District must consider drastic cuts to make up for an expected $2.5 million budget deficit.

The will face a $2.5 million budget deficit and could be forced to close schools if voters don't pass the governor's tax measure in November, according to a district agenda report.

The district drew up a contingency plan to deal with the loss of $441 per student if the tax measure fails, and one of the options on the table is closing schools. The move would save the district about $500,000, according to district estimates.

The district agenda report for Wednesday's meeting does not specify which schools would be considered for closure.

Closing schools is just one of many last-ditch options the district would have to look at if Governor Jerry Brown's "Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012" fails on Nov. 6. The initiative would raise taxes for Californians making more than $250,000 per year.

In addition to school closures, the district could also lay off 13 or 14 full time employees, which would save about $768,000 under the contingency plan. Other cuts of last resort include eliminating home-to-school bus service and eliminating district contributions to secondary athletics.

If MUSD were to go through with all of the contingency options while also increasing attendance, the district would scrape together about $1.9 million in increased revenue and savings, about $600,000 less than its projected deficit.

R. Ray Morford June 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
TAX AND SPEND !!!! I'm truly sorry about the financial crisis Monrovia Schools are experiencing. However, we continue to elect and send the same idiots to Sacramento who have placed us in this mess. You get what you elect. I'm a senior citizen who has lived in Monrovia over 40 years. Retired and now on a fixed income. More taxes mean a less quality life for many others just like my family. The City of Monrovia and Schools are stretched thin financially. Have you had enough of the Sacramento garbage and lies? Then elect people with integrity who care more about the local community than climbing the political ladder.
Jill Ramirez June 23, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I have a lot of homework to do reading this tax measure and all the details before the November election. Hopefully ALL other voters will too, and not be scared to vote based on commercials and what others post. It is a very scary thought, from what I already do know. Not only do I have children in the schools, but work part time for them as well. With the pending "Closure of enrollment to 2013 college freshman" lined in this measure is one of my personal main concerns, over my job, over my other child's school. My family income can't afford to be taxed anymore. Yet, I can't watch my son, like the thousands of others in the class of 2013 lose out on going to a Cal State next Fall. So far to me, all of this seems like a lot of bullying rolling down the hill, and my family is at the bottom.
jake June 23, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Its time to appoint officials with no agendas just common sense. Lets stop giving office to the most hungry canidates.
Jill Ramirez June 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
~ as far as the Patch question.. What school should be closed? Honestly, as much as everyone will say "Not my school", it doesn't matter. All students, all families, and all teachers will be impacted greatly!
Charles Hofgaarden June 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
The money needed to operate schools is disappearing into the pockets of state employees who now make far more than those of us in the private sector. They have BOUGHT the legislature and now use bullying scare tactics to threaten closing schools and cutting back services. Brown's initiative this November should be called the California Exodus Act!. There will never be enough money to satisfy the morons running things in Sacramento, and it's time to tel them ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!!
Kristian Solem June 23, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Interesting how when you click the link "over 250000..." it goes to the teachers union website, where they decry that we are under taxed. I would expect this news service to simply report the news, not to be a propaganda organ for a public employees union. How about a link to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, just to be fair and balanced...
R. Ray Morford June 23, 2012 at 07:21 PM
To: Jill Ramirez....I have a 20yr old Grand Daughter who has tried to get classes in our Community Colleges since her graduation from Monrovia Schools. Lots of Luck. I have two other Grand Children in Monrovia Schools, where parents volunteer their time regularly in the class room, help to raise funds, etc. Both our grown children are products of Monrovia Schools. No complaints. Los Angeles County has over 700,000 bodies on food stamps. Some because they don't care, others because there are no jobs. Our State and County elected officials create regulation/taxes that are prohibitive to business growth. Hundreds of businesses can hardly wait to leave the State. We now have more families leaving California than want to live here. I'm extremely pleased with the effort of our local government. Stupidity reigns in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
Beth Chrisinger June 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
this is so sad. why does everyone lose insight of what they wanted to be. everyone once had passion to teach knowing they could greatly impact a child's life in a positive way. i hate the lazy selfish greedy world thats starting to become around us. i really wish to put my kids in preschool, but to save money i have to wait till kindergarten. I also fear that this day and age of our economy and budget crisis that they new thing in future years, is that for education may not be allowed to start for any child till first grade. completely taking out preschool and kindergarten just to suffice.
Erin Thorn June 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I can't believe the Patch posed the question "What schools should be closed in this scenario?" I sure hope no one responds to that. I too have a student graduating in the class of 2013 and worry about Cal States's not admitting ANY students from this class. How ridiculous is it that California students are at the point where they have to go out of state, or get stuck taking 1 class a semester at community college unless they have a 4.2 GPA and are one of the lucky few selected to a University of CA? There aren't many choices for students who come from middle class families with middle class incomes.At the same time I can't say how extremely thankful I am that my youngest is graduating next year and was lucky to have had the opportunities he had at Monrovia Schools.
B Ulm June 23, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Ray - are you saying that you are struggling to live on a fixed income of more than $250K a year (since under that you don't pay any extra taxes)?
Richard Christy June 24, 2012 at 06:19 AM
This is a despicable scare tactic to get the population to vote to tax themselves more.
R. Ray Morford June 24, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Thanks Richard.....you hit the nail on the head. Our leaders in Sacramento are beholden to corrupt Unions and those who believe they have the right to receive handouts. It's the culture of big government who continues to feed the pig trough. I REPEAT....we must stop sending these idiots to Sacramento and Washington D.C.
Tom Adams June 24, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Actually, the new plan does require an increase in sales taxes for the entire state, something even the poorest of the poor will have to pay. The sad part is that based on the California Department of Finance information, Caliofnria will spend more next fiscal year than they ever have in history, it just isn't going to the schools as much as most of us would prefer. The Gov and Legislature get to pick the winners and the losers in their spending plan. Looking at the General Fund and Special Funds in California, we are online to spend $132 Billion Dollars next year which is $10 Billion more than last.
Ellen Zunino June 24, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Yes, I'm getting tired of being threatened and extorted every time some fiscal measure is on the ballot but I'm more annoyed by the fact that CA is the only oil and natural gas producing state that has no extraction taxes. Alaska's taxes on oil and natural gas production amount to 25% of the state's revenues - in addition to the yearly set-aside that's dispensed to every resident. Sarah Palin negotiated the last increase in these taxes when she was governor. Every state that's known for oil/gas production and is politically conservative - Texas, Wyoming, Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, etc. - benefits from taxing both the property of the energy companies and the natural resources pumped out of the ground within state boundaries. It's about time that the GOP members of the CA legislature stopped acting so high and mighty and helped bring us up to par with the other oil and natural gas producing states.
Danielle Corona June 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Once again, schools are being held hostage to: either vote for my tax increase, or I'll cut your teachers, police and/or fire. The truly pathetic thing is, Gov. Brown will, instead of cutting any of the wasteful spending they are guilty of. So, what choice do we have? None. Another BIG f.u. from our state gov't.
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