Huntington Beach school districts are bracing for major cuts due to a massive statewide funding deficit, and some are considering layoffs as part of the solution to what they call the worst budget in decades. But with a final state budget months away, no one knows just how deep those cuts will have to be.
School districts around the state are waiting for May 10, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to unveil a new proposal for a state budget. The “May revise,” as it is called, is probably the most solid basis districts are going to have before they have to pass a budget this summer — considering that the state legislature blows past its June 15 deadline for a budget almost every year.
“Our budgets have to be turned in,” said Huntington Beach City School District board member Brian Rechsteiner. “The state kind of leaves us hanging out there. We have to finalize our budgets, and they take their sweet time.”