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Feb 18, 2010 6:38 PM by Ariel Wesler

School districts work to fill budget holes

Santa Maria schools are facing more cuts this year, but district leaders say it's too soon to tell exactly what those might be. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has put together a budget advisory committee examining more than 200 possible options. Those include everything from program cuts, staff reductions, and salary freezes as the school district looks to shore up a 4.3 million dollar budget deficit by the fall.

The first wave of layoff notifications will occur by March 15th. Actual pink slips must be delivered by May 15th. All school districts must submit a budget by June 30th, but the state legislature isn't likely to decide on funding for education until later this summer.

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