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Galt Joint Union High School District trustees looking to shore up $2.2 million budget gap

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Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:06 am, Wed Feb 9, 2011.

Trustees for the Galt Joint Union High School District took the first step Tuesday to reduce an anticipated $2.2 million budget shortfall for the next school year.

At issue are ongoing state cuts that trickle down to the district level.

Like school districts across the state, Galt's budget reductions are contingent upon whether voters approve a sales tax increase anticipated to be placed on the June budget. If it is denied, the high school district will lose roughly $330 per student, or $726,000 in the 2011-12 school year, according to Audrey Kilpatrick, chief business official.

Over the next two weeks, she will be holding meetings at school sites to discuss with staff the local implications of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget recommendations.

Earlier in the meeting, trustees tabled a related action that could have saved up to $65,000 per year by increasing class sizes for both math and English classes at the ninth-grade level.

If approved, the district could eliminate one full-time position, based on preliminary figures from Kilpatrick.

Trustees, however, asked that firmer figures and site-to-site impact be brought back for discussion at the next meeting.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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