SD Unified Trustee Says Cuts on Horizon
Monday, December 8, 2008
The president of the San Diego Unified School Board says the district is gearing up for another round of state budget cuts. She says music, arts and sports could be in danger. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Katherine Nakamura along with the four other trustees will pore over the district's spending plans at their meeting next week.
The district could lose an additional $40 million in state money if the Governor's midyear budget cuts go through.
She says a range of elective classes, athletic programs and childcare programs could be on the line.
There are very few things on the table right now that we can cut midyear. Our options, when you cut midyear, is not only disruptive to the school year, but it also severely limits our options on what's left in our budget to cut.
District officials are also considering eliminating more central office positions, closing under-enrolled schools and offering early retirement bonuses.
Nakamura says district officials won't know the full extent of the budget cuts until later this month.
Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.