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Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 1:55 pm, Mon Nov 8, 2010.

Enrollment in Lodi Unified School District continues to drop, forcing it to adjust its budget plan. That's the news trustees heard at Wednesday's school board meeting.

The item was presented as information only, and there was no action taken.

Outgoing school board president Richard Jones referred to it as dismal news for the incoming board to inherit.

Come next month, the four new trustees will continue to work on an anticipated budget deficit. Jones chose not to seek re-election in Tuesday's race.

A portion of the district's funding comes from daily attendance; schools get a certain amount of money, per day, based on the number of students who attend. And that number has significantly dropped, not only from past years, but from projections made in the budget, which has already been approved.

As of Sept. 25, enrollment is down more than 500 students from the number budgeted last June. This drop could affect paying for specific district jobs.

In his report to the board, Chief Business Officer Doug Barge also deemed next summer "panic time" when the district could be in the hole more than $5 million due to a deferral of state funding.

Additionally, the district could be short nearly $3.3 million in 2012-13 under the agreed upon concessions with the teachers' union if trustees want to maintain class-size reductions, according to Barge's projections.

He recommended any budget adjustments be presented to the board for approval at the next meeting, on Nov. 16.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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  • Joe Baxter posted at 4:35 pm on Fri, Nov 5, 2010.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1797

    Where did all the students that were previously enrolled and not here now? Maybe they migrated with their illegal parents back to Mexico? I seriously doubt that that many permanent Lodi residents moved out of the area taking their children to another school district.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:44 am on Fri, Nov 5, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    That famous song comes to mind," Its Only Just Begun". I wonder if the teachers and skeptics will revert to the same old tune of corruption and incompetence on the school board, now that the favored board members have been elected. As tax revenues decrease dramatically and jobs leaves California resulting in decreased enrollment, I wonder how long it will take for the union to turn on George Neely and the others. When George doesn’t find the millions of hidden money, will they think George is hiding it, or will they confess that the money was never there in the first place, a ruse all along to generate anger and animosity for selfish reasons? I wonder if the teachers will apologize to the old board someday. I wonder if George will apologize to the old board if he comes to discover things were not as corrupt as he thought it was.It will all be interesting and a life’s lesson in the long run. Buckle up, its about to get interesting.



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