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Tahoe Truckee school board to talk 2010-11 budget on Wednesday

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; After last yearand#8217;s long, and at-times painful, budgeting process which resulted in teacher layoffs and cutbacks, itand#8217;s nearly time again for the school district to prepare for next yearand#8217;s numbers.

A 4 p.m. Wednesday meeting is scheduled for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Sierra Mountain Community Center in Truckee. The meeting opens to the public at 5:30 p.m. after the board convenes in closed session.

The board is slated to discuss and possible adopt a schedule for the 2010-11 school year budgeting process. According to the proposed schedule, projections for the 2010-11 budget are due sometime in early December.

District staff faced a deficit worth millions of dollars in the 2009-10 budgeting process due to slowing growth of local property tax revenues, which the TTUSD relies heavily on as a basic aid district. In California, basic aid districts rely on much of their funding from local property taxes instead of from the state, as is the case in revenue limit districts.

By February 2009 the schedule calls for enrollment projections for the 2010-11 school year, followed by staffing allocations.

An initial budget draft is slated to come before the board in May, with the boardand#8217;s adoption in mid-June.

The board on Wednesday also is expected to approve the job description for a new teacher hire to monitor and ensure the academic success of English Language Learner students in the school district.

The position, a district-wide academic coach, was pinpointed as a need for TTUSD, which, despite recent testing gains, struggles to meet federal standards with instructing EL students.

A copy of the board agenda is available at ttusd.org.