More cuts are likely in TUSD - Tucson News Now

More cuts are likely in TUSD

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson's largest school district is still millions of dollars away from its target in budget cuts for next year.  And now, those who fear the ax are giving the board advice.

The district estimates that it needs about $17 million in cuts for next year.  Right now, it's at about $14 million, and it wants a buffer between what it needs.  The governing board could seek about $5 million more in cuts.

Blue collar workers are worried.  Members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, known as AFSCME Local 449, who are the bus drivers, bus monitors, custodians, and maintenance employees of the district, spoke up Tuesday night.  About fifteen members, many of them dressed in green shirts, attended the governing board meeting.  While the board pulled the budget discussion from its agenda, AFSCME members still spoke up at Call to the Audience.

The employees expressed concern about the future of their jobs, pay, and benefits.  Their executive director urged the board to look at cutting performance bonuses for the cabinet in order to help prevent cuts to blue collar workers.

"We're asking them to share the sacrifice, to cut that out of their contracts so we can eliminate less jobs from our employees," said AFSCME Local 449 executive director Matthew Cline.

"Our concern is being able to make ends meet, we are grossly underpaid for the responsibility that we have, we're afraid of our benefits getting cut," said TUSD bus driver Cindy Graybill.

Board president Adelita Grijalva said that the budget will be discussed further at a later date.

About 15 members were in the crowd tonight. They say they can't bear cuts to what they make, or job cuts altogether. They urge the district cabinet to forgo performance bonuses to help prevent blue collar cuts.

 Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Tucson police investigate southside homicide

    Tucson police investigate southside homicide

    Monday, August 21 2017 9:15 AM EDT2017-08-21 13:15:57 GMT

    Tucson police is investigating a homicide in the 4400 block of East 28th Street.

    Tucson police is investigating a homicide in the 4400 block of East 28th Street.

  • I-10 WB lane blocked after deadly wrong way crash

    I-10 WB lane blocked after deadly wrong way crash

    Monday, August 21 2017 8:54 AM EDT2017-08-21 12:54:36 GMT

    The left lane of Interstate 10 westbound is blocked after a deadly crash between Pinal Air Park and Sandario.

    The left lane of Interstate 10 westbound is blocked after a deadly crash between Pinal Air Park and Sandario.

  • TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    Monday, August 21 2017 8:49 AM EDT2017-08-21 12:49:43 GMT
    Good morning!  We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m. TOP STORIES 1. Eclipse day is here It's here. The excitement of this day of darkness is not lost on the people of southern Arizona. In Tucson the moon will cross the sun's path beginning at 9:15 a.m., and will be visible for 2 hours and 46 minutes. The peak viewing t...
    Good morning!  We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m. TOP STORIES 1. Eclipse day is here It's here. The excitement of this day of darkness is not lost on the people of southern Arizona. In Tucson the moon will cross the sun's path beginning at 9:15 a.m., and will be visible for 2 hours and 46 minutes. The peak viewing t...
Powered by Frankly