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(Left to right; front row): Chairman of C/RM's Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee Dr. Jonathan Thomas and Israel's Minister of Seience. Technology, and Space Ofir Akunis. (Back row): Consul General of lsrael to the Southwest United States Dadd Siege/, Mayor Julian Gold and National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council Adam #[i/stein. Israel signs stem cell research agreement with California Institute Israel's Ministry of Science and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine signed a historic agreement on stem cell research Monday, facilitated by the Israeli- American Council. The Telephone Connection announces: / Month / Line TRUE UNLIMITED CALLING for your Business or Home Office CALL TODAY To Order or For More Info: www.ttclocal.com i/ Telephone MAKING YOUR COMMUNICA770NS COUNTTM Connection Board members offer solutions to BHUSD's gloomy bud- get forecast The BHUSD ending fund balance will "Our annual per-student expenditure for barely total $12,000 by 2017-18, according certificated salaries and benefits is 63 percent to budget projections shared by district staff higher than the average of four [comparable] at last week's Board of Education study ses- districts," Spitz said. "If we reduce that sion. expense by 20 percent, it will still be 25 "I want to compliment staff for the clar- percent higher than the average of compa- ity of this budget forecast," said Board Vice rable districts, and we will save $7.7 million President Mel Spitz. "It shows undeniably annually." that we are on a pathway to insolvency." At Beverly High, several classes are At a Board meeting last December, Spitz severely under-enrolled, falling well below advised that the district cut down per-student the 29-student maximum (see chart below). expenditures, which currently total $15,023. Some performing arts sections have been "Which is 50 percent more than higher-per- hard hit by the KL Peters auditorium closure. forming neighboring districts, some smaller Board member Isabel Hacker proposed and some larger," Spitz said February 4. scrapping the "hard cap," which puts a limit Part of the problem is a financially unsus- on enrollment and has led to additional hir- tainable salary formula developed by former ing, especially in the lower grades. Board member Brian Goldberg. A veteran faculty member costs the dis- Budget assumptions for 2016-17 include trict roughly $100,000 annually including pay hikes of three percent for certificated and benefits for a 5/5 assignment. Therefore, classified employees, as well as increases in each under-enrolled section costs the district STRS and PERS rates, approximately $20,000 per year. Examples of under-enrolled sections: Beverly High Period Course Student Totals Maximum 6 Beg. Ceramics 11 29 6 Art Foundation 14 29 7 Graphic Design 12 29 4 Visual Com. & Design 8 29 2 Work Experience 11 29 5 Theater Arts Workshop 5 29 Beverly Vista Period Course Student Totals Maximum 14 32 Chorus 1 Reading Plus 6 3 32 2 Reading Plus 7 7 32 2 Math Support 4 32 7 Math Support 3 32 El Rodeo Period Course Student Totals Maximum 1 Adv. Orchestra 8 30 3 Beg. Orchestra 9 30 6 Beg. Orchestra 2 30 1 Intermediate Art 14 30 30 2 Beg. Band 13 2 Spanish 2 12 30 Hawthorne Period Course Student Totals Maximum 6 Beg. Ceramics 11 29 6 Art Foundation 14 29 7 Graphic Design 12 29 4 Visual Com. & Design 8 29 2 Work Experience 11 29 5 Theater Arts Workshop 5 29 Horace Mann Period 1 5 7 5 5 Course Intermediate Art Beginning Band Chorus English 7 Hon. Spanish 2 Student Totals 8 10 10 9 6 Maximum 30 30 30 30 30 ;ource." Feb. 4 Study Session staff report," enrollment numbers as of Jan. 29, 2016 Page 4 * Beverly Hills Weekly