Marin’s Kentfield School District Eyes Big Cuts Amid Rising Costs
The Kentfield School District in Marin County has identified $1 million in cuts to make up for rising costs, including contributions to teachers’ pensions.
State pension contributions for teachers have risen from about 8% of salaries in 2014 to around 17% today. They’re due to hit 20% soon, according to trustee Quok Tran.
To mitigate the fallout, Kentfield will implement layoffs and/or pay or hour reductions affecting clerical staff to teachers. Enrichments programs were spared after parents’ outcry.
The dilemma has ignited criticism over a 2018 parcel tax measure. Critics say the community was mislead to believe Measure A would have prevented the type of cuts the district is now pursuing. Superintendent Liz Schott disputed that. The financial situation has changed since 2018, most notably because of last year’s agreement with the teachers union for 2% raises.
A resolution for the budget cuts must still be drawn up by trustees and voted on Feb. 25.
Read more at the Marin Independent Journal.