So, where did the estimate of $9.7 million in cuts come from?
$5.6 million that the state had allocated to the district in September was cut in February.
$2 million comes from increasing costs of utilities, other resources, and (yes) step-and-column.
$1.3 million comes from increasing costs of special education programs.
$0.8 million comes from lost revenue from declining lottery revenues and decreasing facilities use fees.
Add those up, and you have the total of $9.7 million.
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