Tahoe/Truckee school district facing more budget cuts

Jason ShuehSierra Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; More changes are likely on the horizon for Tahoe Truckee Unified School Districtandamp;#8217;s finances.Last week, school district officials announced a $4 million deficit for 2012-andamp;#8217;13 due to yet another year of dropping property tax revenues and a cluster of state budget cuts.Steve Dickinson, TTUSD superintendent of finance, said the district will spend $2.2 million from its reserves (the current reserve budget sits at about $4 million) to cover the shortfall, with the remaining $1.8 million to come from still-to-be-determined budget cuts.Negotiations are currently under way between the district and the teacherandamp;#8217;s union, Tahoe Truckee Education Association, and with the California School Employees Association. Potential reductions in facilities, services and/or staffing are unclear at this time; further updates are expected as the months progress at various public board meetings and workshops.On top of 2012-andamp;#8217;13 cuts, officials last week also said mid-year cuts will likely need to happen before next spring due to various state budget cuts anticipated to happen soon.Since the district has already committed to reducing only $1.8 million in budget cuts for 2012-andamp;#8217;13, this could mean much more of the reserve budget would need to be used.All this means the district could be in a sticky situation if more cuts are required for future school years, considering the reserve budget is quickly dwindling.andamp;#8220;The whole plan in having good reserves is so we donandamp;#8217;t have to jerk around the system and go up and down with our targets or go up and down with our employees.andamp;#8221; said Dickinson. andamp;#8220;I donandamp;#8217;t anticipate us having as nice of a conversation next year even with any amount of a deficit for 2013-andamp;#8217;14.andamp;#8221;In related news, the school district will hold a public meeting to gather input relative to potential transportation service cuts. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the TTUSD board room at 11603 Donner Pass Road. For more information, call TTUSD at 530-582-2500, or visit

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