By John Glidden
The Vallejo school district has instituted a spending and hiring freeze as it faces a need to slash $12 million from the budget over the coming two years.
Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark made the official announcement on Wednesday via a letter to school and district office administrators.
“We need to make some important decisions about our basic infrastructure so that the programs and services we offer don’t continue to cost more than we can afford,” said Clark in the two-page letter he shared with the Times-Herald. “We can’t keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.”
Clark said all vacant classified positions will continue to be unfilled “unless candidates are currently in the process of being hired as we are still filling teacher vacancies.”
He also confirmed the district will honor all its current contracts, while “non-essential spending within the General Fund will be curtailed and any new contractual arrangements or cost impacting spending or event planning will be approved or denied by executive cabinet.”