Lodi Unified School District could lose another $15 million in state funding, and is looking at additional cuts.
This week's news comes as state Gov. Jerry Brown halted talks with Republican lawmakers over the key part of his state budget plan, a tax hike to help fill a deficit of nearly $27 billion.
The Democratic governor has been trying to convince Republicans to put a tax measure on the June ballot, although he could try to push his plan for a referendum without Republican support.
Tim Hern, Lodi Unified's new chief business official, is expected to give an update regarding implications on the district's budget at Tuesday's regular board meeting.
Without additional state money, the district expects to lose close to $350 in per-student funding, according to board president George Neely.
The district is already facing reductions heading into next school year and trustees have approved hundreds of layoffs, but administrators warned there would be deeper cuts if voters statewide failed to extend the tax revenue.
In addition to personnel reductions, Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer's cabinet members have identified more than $300,000 of non-personnel reductions for this year, $225,000 of which will carry over into next year.
Trustees also approved eliminating close to five dozen district-funded cell phones and Internet connections.
On Tuesday, they will once again weigh closing Elkhorn, Tokay Colony and Clements schools to save money. The proposal has been brought up in recent years.
Meanwhile, the school board has scheduled a town hall meeting for April 14 at the district office to receive community input on further budget cuts. Neely said he is looking forward to hearing from constituents.
This comes on the heels of budget reduction input trustees and administrators have received through email over the last few months.
A board workshop has been scheduled for May 7. Although the meeting will be open to the public, it will be a time for trustees to discuss in detail elements of the budget before voting on it in June, according to Neely.
In the past, he said trustees have had little time to ask questions at public meetings before being required to approve the multi-million-dollar planning document.
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