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SDUSD Trustees Consider Additional Cuts

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SAN DIEGO (City News Service) - San Diego Unified School District trustees are
contemplating an additional $26.5 million in cuts in addition to $77.3 million
in proposed cuts previously reported.
Superintendent Terry Grier suggested the additional cuts during a
special meeting held Sunday, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Grier told the trustees that the administrators were considering making
the cuts without consulting the board but he'd rather see the board handle the
issue, according to the newspaper.
San Diego Unified, like many other school districts, is expected to make
budget cuts to cope with decreased funding from the state due to California's
budget crisis.
The proposed cuts, if approved, would affect the district's $2.1 billion
budget, which goes into effect July 1.
The board already committed to cutting roughly $45.3 million through
hiring and spending freezes, consolidated school bus routes and offers of early
retirement to its most senior employees.
Other cuts still being considered include increasing class sizes at
underperforming schools and for ninth-grade English classes districtwide;
eliminating or reducing music and art instruction; curtailing field trips and
dropping the district's magnet-school program.
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