Earlier this month, Natomas school officials hadn’t made the necessary cuts to come up with a balanced budget. But district board member Teri Burns says they’ve spent the last several weeks slashing their budget by $11 million…which should satisfy the County Office of Education.
“We anticipate that we’ve made the necessary cuts and that they will find us with a “qualified status” – which means they’ll be watching us. But we will for the most part, they believe, be able to make our finances work for the next couple of years.”
Some of those cuts include eliminating summer classes at elementary and middle schools, reducing bus service and increasing class size from 25 to 30 students a class.
County education officials say as long as the board follows through on the latest round of cuts by the end of the month they won’t need to send in a financial advisor. The district board is expected to adopt the budget at it’s meeting Tuesday night.