Switching to Google email is one of several ways Chicago Public Schools will shave an additional $17 million from its 2014 fiscal year budget, Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced Friday.
Although the 2014 budget is not yet finalized, the 2013 budget topped out at $5.1 billion.
The cuts, all from the CPS Central Office, include:
◆ $6 million in renegotiated health care contracts.
◆ $2.1 million from the switch to Google email, calendar and other services.
◆ $2.1 million from reduced information technology costs.
◆ $2 million from renegotiated office supply contracts.
◆ $2 million from in-sourced or eliminated consultants.
◆ $1 million from a reduction in external legal counsel and from moving legal work in house.
◆ $1 million from a new waste-management contract.
◆ $500,000 from a purchasing system for use by schools.
◆ $200,000 in reductions in non-personnel costs in the communications office and from using fund-raising to pay for back-to-school projects.