School board delves again into budget woes
by PI Staff
Jun 11, 2009 | 1463 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Budget woes were front and center at the June 1 Patterson Joint Unified School District board meeting.

Discussions of looming financial shortfalls have been commonplace with the board since the state legislature slashed funding. At the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Steve Menge reviewed the situation when he presented the board the 2009-10 preliminary budget.

His report shows the general fund with a $648,437 deficit. However, the district hopes an infusion of federal stimulus money will balance the budget, Menge said.

The district would have an even larger deficient were it not for numerous cuts across the board, including layoffs to management, teachers and classified staff.

District officials do not expect the situation to improve next year. Superintendent Patrick Sweeney said he expects the state to provide less money in its next budget, which will likely mean more layoffs.
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