Without batting an eye, San Diego Unified School District trustees Tuesday night unanimously approved $116.6 million in loosely defined budget cuts for next year.
More specific cuts will come to the board in January and February, but staff will proceed with plans to shave $44 million from the district office, $52 million from school sites and $21 million from centralized support services, which includes things like special and early education, transportation and IT.
On the table are “strategic” layoffs, changes to health benefits, reducing the work year for some employees and eliminating vacant positions, among other things. The district’s new CFO, Patricia Koch, noted that some proposed cuts will be subject to bargaining.
Even with the cuts and regular short-term borrowing, “We are skating on thin ice,” Koch warned. Unlike recent years, Koch said, “We cannot expect to see the large infusions of funds. … We cannot wait for a miracle to happen.”