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SDUSD trustee to unveil plan to keep District solvent

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego Unified School District trustee is scheduled to unveil a plan Monday to keep the district solvent without closing campuses.

Scott Barnett announced last week that he was working on such a plan, which he wants to introduce formally at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

According to Barnett, his colleagues on the school board are unwilling to make the "tough decisions" necessary to keep expenses in line with revenues. While he waited until today to reveal details of his plan, he has said that SDUSD officials need to target personnel costs, which make up 90 percent of general fund spending.

Barnett said his No. 1 priority now is to keep the district solvent.

SDUSD officials expect state funding to fall short of projections in the current school year, which would trigger spending cuts. They also expect a budget gap that could reach more than $100 million for the 2012-13 school year.

Closing or realigning 14 campuses would save $5 million annually, according to the district, but Barnett said too many of the schools on the list are concentrated in neighborhoods he represents.

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