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.
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