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Spending, Hiring Freeze Likely For San Diego Unified

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Aired 10/26/09

The San Diego Unified School District is expected to vote on a spending and hiring freeze for this academic year. School officials say the district is now facing an unexpected $16 million budget deficit.

— The San Diego Unified School District is expected to vote on a spending and hiring freeze for this academic year. School officials say the district is now facing an unexpected $16 million budget deficit.

The trustees will vote on a district spending and hiring freeze at tomorrow's school board meeting. The action is a result of budget projections that show the district is once again in the red.

District officials say the $16 million budget deficit is linked to questionable financial advice, non-budgeted expenses and overspending.

Interim School Superintendent William Kowba says the district had to resort to a hiring freeze last year because of state money problems. He says the hiring freeze is not across the board.

“I use the term targeted focus hiring freeze,” Kowba said. “An organization our size, as large and complex as we are, there are critical core functions you simply have to exclude or consider on a case-by-case, exceptional basis.”

Kowba says solid projections on how much money the district will save comes after the board vote.

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