While awaiting a report for the Legislative Analysts Office, the state budget update at Tuesday night's school board meeting was grim.
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Luz Cazares indicated that cuts were imminent as the state was taking in less revenue than it had anticipated. The reductions for next year, she said, would be $2.3 million in ongoing costs and $1.3 million in one-time expenditures in the district that were funded by one-time sources.
According to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state budget may be out of balance by between $5 billion to $7 billion and that fiscal year 2010-11 has a structural deficit of about $7.4 billion.
Much of the shortfall came from what Cazares called risky assumptions that the Pleasanton Unified School District would not use to balance the budget. Some of the assumptions included savings from furloughs and other state cuts that didn't pan out as well as judicial action against the state.
As for the State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, about $3.1 billion has been distributed and only $0.3 billion is available for kindergarten through 12th grade.
"We're not expecting to see too much more," Cazares said. "The governor may use it to back bill the same way they did last year."
In moving forward on its search for a successor to replace Superintendent John Casey, who is retiring at the end of the school year, the school board interviewed three firms: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Ltd.; RJ Gatti Associates, and Ray and Associates, Inc.
Expected to take action Tuesday night, the board decided to mull over the choices and make their selection in an open meeting that will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.