While debate continues over a possible parcel tax, the school board must identify $8.7 million in reductions to maintain a balanced budget. Some items on the list of potential cuts are the elimination of class-size reduction, and reductions in the number of counselors and reading specialists. A list of potential cuts can be found here.
The district has added a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the potential cuts and the possibility of a parcel tax. The decision of which items could be potentially cut would be made during the regular meeting which starts at 7 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held at the district office, 4665 Bernal Ave.
A balanced budget needs to be submitted to the county before the special election would be held. By Feb. 24, it will need to consider identifying which positions would be cut in order for notices of possible layoffs to be sent by March 15 and final layoff notices by May 15.
For a more in-depth look at the budget crisis, see this related story: Emotions run high with school cuts on the line. More resources, including a frequently-asked-questions page, visit the school district website at pleasanton.k12.ca.us.