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Tahoe/Truckee schools to discuss 2013-14 budget woes Wednesday night

Jenell SchwabSierra Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Directors on Wednesday will discuss looming budgetary concerns for the 2013-’14 school year.The topic comes just three weeks after board members addressed a $5 million budget deficit for 2012-’13 by officially announcing anticipated layoffs to certified teaching staff.andamp;#8220;The timing is unfortunate,andamp;#8221; said Steve Dickinson, the district’s finance director, on Friday. andamp;#8220;People are going to get the two discussions mixed up.andamp;#8221;Dickinson has been pre-warning the public and the board during recent school board meetings that cuts in 2013-’14 may be more drastic than the reductions made for this upcoming year.The reason is two-fold.Because $3.2 million of the district’s reserves will be used to bridge the $5 million gap for 2012-’13, the account will be spent down into the lowest range of what the board considers responsible.Consequently, the reserve account will not be available to address any future shortfalls.Additionally, a school funding measure will be on the state-wide ballot in November. If the measure fails, Dickinson is foresees a $1.2 million reduction in revenue andamp;#8212; a worst-case scenario the administration must anticipate.The public portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the district offices at 11603 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.