School district sets timeline for budget cuts 

The school district has until July 1 to figure out how to assume an $83 million deficit over the next two years – collectively about $22 million more than it assumed last year – and this time The City's reserves will only provide a minimal buffer.

For the current fiscal year, the district assumed a $61 million budget over two years, splitting the anticipated deficit in half and only making up for about a $31 million cut to the current year’s budget.

Most of that hole was filled with about $24 million from The City’s Rainy Day Reserve funds, which have not been entirely replenished for the next fiscal year and will likely not be nearly as abundant, school officials have said.

Class sizes increased, some teachers on leave were not replaced and some cuts were made, for example to transportation and AP class funds.

The district has posted a timeline on its Web site,, for important dates surrounding the budget.

Some key dates are March 15, when the district sends preliminary notices of potential layoffs, and May 15, the deadline to send final layoff notices.

The district will also hold meetings in addition to its Board of Education meetings through May, but did not set any dates.

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