Last night at the school board meeting, around 9:35 or 9:40 pm, Luz Cazares provided a recap of why the cabinet and board decided in February that they needed to plan for cuts of $9.7 million from the district budget. Since Luz is the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the PUSD, and her numbers differ somewhat from Stacey's, I thought I'd put up this summary.
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.