Feb 13, 2013 2:13 AM by Sean Mooney

Sunnyside School District begins slicing budget

TUCSON - With the voters rejection of last fall's budget override, proposition 412, Sunnyside School District is now forced to make painful decisions to cut its deficit.

Depending on whether or not the district gets inflation state funding, the south side district may have to cut up to $4.6 million from it's 2013-2014 budget.

On Monday the district's superintendent and the governing board met, at Sunnyside High School, to begin the process of trimming those millions.

Fewer teachers, larger classes, drastic cuts in physical education, reduction in pre-school and special education programs were all on the table.

Superintendent, Manuel Isquerdo, asked the board to approve at least 3 million dollars in cuts at Monday's session. After listening to several parents and staff members during a call to the audience that lasted nearly two hours, the governing board began debating the recommendations.

Before the meeting was adjourned the Sunnyside School District Governing Board agreed to over $2.9 million in cuts.

They include:

18 permanent teaching positions.
As a result of those cuts, class sizes will increase.
K-1 will remain 25 to 1 or less
2-5 will be 29 to 1
6-12 will be 30 to 1

Closing the Family Resource and Wellness Center, saving $300,000 (comes with the stipulation some of the resources will be redirected elsewhere).

Still up for debate.. the Ocotillo Early Learning Center, which serves Pre-K and Pre-K special education students.

No music program in the district will be eliminated.


The board will meet Feb. 25 for a study session, with a board meeting the next day on the 26th to vote on final cuts.
$1.7 million in recommendations are still on the table and the superintendent says he wants at least another million approved.


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