Modesto City Schools trustees could vote to send layoff notices to more than 300 teachers, nurses, counselors and librarians Monday night -- and that's not the only budget decision in front of them at their meeting.
Modesto City Schools officials must cut spending by $25 million because of declining enrollment and a drop in revenue, but some worry that figure could approach $35 million.
Against that backdrop, the board on Monday also will consider:
Setting up a board of education workshop to help members "maintain a respectful and productive working relationship" among themselves and with Superintendent Arturo Flores, according to the staff report.
Communication between board members and Flores became a sticking point over the past year when Trustees Cindy Marks and Nancy Cline felt constrained by a board guideline that advised them to reach out to district employees only through the superintendent. Marks had been communicating with former Deputy Superintendent Debbe Bailey about budget issues, exchanges that drew criticism from Trustees Steve Grenbeaux and Kim Spina.
A consultant will lead the workshop; cost would be $25,000 or less.
Approving a contract for Randy Fillpot, who took over as one of three asso-ciate superintendents of instruction earlier this month. He was previously a curriculum director, and his new salary will be $143,000. Fillpot took over Daisy Lee's position after she left for a new job.
Buying a portion of Stoddard Road near Gregori High School in Salida. Property owners and district officials argued over the value of the land. The staff report did not include a price.
Purchasing property on Sylvan Avenue near Beyer High School to improve traffic flow and safety. Cost is $11,200.
Selecting a firm to survey community members about their support of a parcel tax that would increase funding for the district. The survey's cost depends on the number of voters surveyed and the length of the questionnaire and would fall somewhere from $20,000 to $45,000, according to the meeting agenda.
Monday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the district office boardroom, 425 Locust St. It is open to the public and includes time for comments from the audience. To view the agenda, go to http://mcs.monet.k12.ca.us and click on "board meetings."