School board members are considering six budget cuts that, when combined, would erase the district’s $66 million deficit. Alternatives could include a new levy, or smaller cuts combined with a smaller levy. More cuts will be considered when the board meets again on Tuesday.
No matter which options ultimately are approved by the board, the district must enter the 2012-13 school year with a balanced budget, as required by state law, and to provide an education that meets state minimum standards, school officials said.
“We find ourselves once again focusing on an annual budget deficit, brought on by rising costs and declining revenue,” said Eric Gordon, chief executive officer of the school district.