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Castaic district adopts budget

School district won’t have to layoff teachers or increase class sizes despite state budget woes

Posted: June 23, 2009 7:25 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2009 4:30 a.m.

No teacher layoffs or class-size increases are expected during the coming school year under a budget adopted late Monday by Castaic Union School District board members.

However, the district’s revenue projections show layoffs and employee furloughs are likely by the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The $24 million budget adopted Monday night reflects a $1 million loss in revenue from the state.

To meet the shortfall, the district used stabilization, Title I and special education funding, as well as borrowing money from construction funds.

District officials project an $850,000 deficit by 2011-12. The school district’s fiscal year begins July 1 and runs through the end of the following June.

The 2009-10 budget comes as the district has already seen a $3.7 million funding reduction from the state since 2007-08.

The state has made a $4.5 billion reduction to K-12 revenues over the last 13 months, said Superintendent James Gibson.

California’s proposed budget shows $3.1 billion will be cut from public schools statewide  for the 2009-10 fiscal year, Gibson said.



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