Pleasanton school trustees and senior staff members are starting to wrestle with a most challenging budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
That's what award-winning writer Tim Hunt writes in his blog in today's PleasantonWeekly.com.
It amounts to educating guessing because so much is unknown and well beyond their control.
Hunt points out that decisions on teacher staffing next year must be made in the next four or five weeks so notices of potential layoffs can be sent in mid-March. Of course, the district will only have a set of "best guesses" upon which to base its plans. That's nothing new.
"What is different is Gov. Jerry Brown's budget hinges on voters passing in November his five-year, one half-cent sales tax increase coupled with an income tax surcharge on the wealthiest Californians (sound familiar)," Hunt writes. "He's tied passage to further cuts in education and public safety. He didn't choose prison guards."