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San Diego Unified School Board Considers Spending Cuts

San Diego Unified School District is trying to deal with the issue of insolvency

By Kelly McPherson
|  Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 8:27 AM PDT
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The San Diego Unified School district will discuss new ways to cut spending at its Tuesday meeting.

Major cuts will come down from the state unless does something drastic happens in the next few weeks.

So the SDUSD board needs to prepare for mid-year cuts. Here’s what board members will consider:

  • Cutting 55 Classified Positions
  • District-wide Hiring Freeze
  • Suspension of non-critical overtime
  • Property Sales
  • General Fund Reserves

All of these cuts would save about $26 to 30 million which is the estimate of the state’s funding cuts in December.

All of these cuts are happening simultaneously with discussions to cut even more from next year's budget.

These decisions must be made soon to ensure that the district can pay its bills.

With the school’s budget deficit growing, and the implications of this shortfall widening, it’s about time for school officials, parents, teachers and taxpayers to all sit down and have a serious conversation about how to fix these problems.

With the help of our media partners this week, NBC 7 San Diego will look into what exactly happened, and what’s ahead for the City of San Diego as it tries to deal with school insolvency.

San Diego Explained will break up the issue into five parts every night at 6 p.m. on NBC 7.

How should SDUSD solve the budget problems? Let us know what you think. Comment below, send us your thoughts via Twitter @nbcsandiego or add your comment to our Facebook page.

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