GLENDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING PREVIEW

BUDGET UNCERTAINTY

The Glendale Unified School District Board of Education will discuss an updated draft budget in response to the May 19 special election results.

District officials had developed a plan to make up for a projected $25.4-million deficit by 2012, but that was before voters rejected five key ballot measures that will leave California with a projected $24.3-billion deficit.

State officials are concerned that they will run out of cash by mid-July because of the state's growing revenue shortfall, and much of that deficit could be balanced with new spending cuts proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

If legislators approve the deepest cuts, the school district could face an additional $25.1 million in reductions over the next three years.

That could force administrators to take a series of unpopular steps, including possibly increasing class sizes in some grades, or reducing some athletic programs.

Officials have also mentioned trimming summer school offerings and renegotiating teacher health insurance benefits as potential cost-saving options.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The board will not take action during this budget discussion.

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BOARD PRIORITIES

The board will vote on an updated draft of its new priorities, which will focus on maintaining fiscal integrity and comprehensive classroom experiences for students.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Trustees are expected to approve the updated priorities.


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