SFUSD approves budget with $20M in cuts

A budget with nearly $20 million in cuts was approved Tuesday night by the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education.

Anticipating more cuts to come from state funding next year and in future years, the district opted to cut $19.3 million from its $622 million operating budget through trimming transportation, issuing staff furloughs and employee layoff, among other ideas.

The district had given notice to 300 employees, but increased revenues at the state level have given the school district the ability to bring back 110 certificated employees and 90 teacher aides.

School districts are required to approve a balanced budget by June 30. District officials have said it is difficult for them to create a budget based on assumptions. State lawmakers approved a budget of their own Tuesday night.

Board of Education members hope if the state budget gives K-12 education any increase in funding, the district will be able to look at restoring a number of programs that were cut in the past few years, including summer school and security guards' hours.

Deputy Superintendent Myong Leigh said that although the executive board would like to see programs restored, commissioners need to keep in mind that the school district's budget will only get worse in the coming years.

The 2011-12 budget was approved in a 7-0 vote.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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