$30 Million in Cuts on the Table for SD Schools

San Diego Unified School District meets to talk about more cuts

By Rory Devine and Lauren Steussy
|  Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 9:34 PM PDT
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The board is preparing for possible mid-year cuts of up to $30 million.
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School board officials meet Tuesday to prepare for possible and probable mid-year cuts to education.

San Diego Unified School District didn’t think their situation could get any worse. But in Tuesday night’s meeting they sat down to make some painful cuts.

If approved, the cuts would eliminate another $26 to 30 million from its budget this school year.

Among those cuts, the board is considering cutting 55 non-teaching positions, enforcing a district-wide freeze of all non-critical vacancies and hiring, suspending all non-critical overtime, using one time proceeds from property sales, and dipping into general fund reserves.

The district also must consider next year's imminent budget deficit, which could be between $65 million and 70 million – perhaps more if there are mid-year cuts.

School staff members are recommending the board make these cuts regardless of whether the state pulls the trigger on those mid-year cuts to avoid an even worse budget gap next year.

Every night this week at 6 p.m., NBC 7 San Diego and Voice of San Diego will be explaining the crisis schools are facing, and how it impacts the rest of the city. Tuesday night, the Explained team will take an in-depth look at what's at stake as the board tries to find a solution to this crisis.

The board will vote on the plan on December 13, and members must submit a worst case scenario budget to the county office of education by the 15th.

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