Shorter School Year Plan Gets an F

Although the San Diego Unified School District has to cut $34 million, one option appears to be off the table.

Board members met Monday for a budget workshop and mulled a proposal by veteran Board member John de Beck calls for shortening the school year by up to nine days. De Beck said that would save the district $4.4 million a day.

Board Vice President Richard Barrera, however, said that other options should be examined first. He said the board already has agreed on $22 million worth of cuts that include freezing vacant positions and lowering the workers compensation fund. He said there are other viable options on the table as well, like rethinking how the district hires outside consultants.

De Beck said a cut "here and there" would not add up to the drastic cut that needs to be made to balance the budget.

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