SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled Tuesday to approve a positive certification of its finances despite the prospect of a budget shortfall that could hit around $120 million in the next academic year.
The positive status in the "Second Interim Financial Report" means district officials believe they have found solutions to close the gap in 2012-13.
However, district leaders say it remains difficult to exactly project future finances because so much state funding is dependent on whether Gov. Jerry Brown can pass his proposed tax package, which he wants to place before voters in November.
The state Education Code calls for school districts to file the interim reports with their county Offices of Education, the second one by March 15.
They are to specify whether they will meet their financial obligations for the current and two following fiscal years, a "positive" certification; might have problems doing so, a "qualified" certification; or will not, a "negative" certification.
In this report, the SDUSD expects to end the current school year with a balance of general fund balance of over $76 million. That figure would drop to about $33 million at the end of the next academic year, according to the report.
The trustees are also expected to finalize the calendar for the 2012-13 school year.
Due to strong and gusty Santa Ana winds and a red flag warning, several San Diego County school districts were closed Tuesday after San Diego Gas & Electric officials shut off power for several thousand customers as a safety precaution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Santa Ana winds continued Tuesday to plague firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as officials re-emphasized to evacuated residents that they must stay away until the area has been declared safe.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.
Among the Paradise residents that lost their homes to the Camp Fire were several graduates of Chula Vista High School.
Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.