FINAL TOUCHES PUT ON BUDGET; '05 CUTS BEGIN.Byline: Jennifer Radcliffe Staff Writer
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(application, jargon) number crunching and belt tightening, Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. board members unanimously signed off Tuesday on the school district's $6.8 billion operating budget Noun 1. operating budget - a budget for current expenses as distinct from financial transactions or permanent improvements
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Officials said work will need to begin almost immediately to avoid the flurry of controversial, last-minute cuts that the board was forced to make earlier this year to close the district's $500 million budget deficit.
The LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) restructured the local districts' administration, reduced consulting contracts and moved some costs from the operating budget to Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Unified's more than $10 billion bond program.
But at least $100 million of those solutions are one-time actions that won't help save the district money in the future.
More drastic cuts need to be made, consultant Jannelle Kubinec said.
``It's not just a marginal adjustment. There really is a need to do some significant changing and retooling to address this issue,'' she said.
Superintendent Roy Romer Roy R. Romer (born October 31, 1928 in Garden City, Kansas, United States) was the 39th governor of Colorado and served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2006. said he's struggling to find savings as he prepares to open 41 new schools by September 2005. He said he's up for the challenge.
``The burden is on me to find every dollar savings I can, and I'm going to do that,'' he said. ``I got to save some money right now so we're prepared for next year's budget.''
With most LAUSD students preparing to return to class Sept. 9, the district officials said they will focus much of their effort on reminding students, teachers and other employees to show up for class. Poor attendance cost the LAUSD hundreds of millions a year.
Despite pleas from United Teachers Los Angeles, some board members said it is unlikely that they will find any additional money for raises or class-size reductions.
``We should not be spending one more dollar on any ongoing expenditures from these balances. That's ludicrous,'' board member Mike Lansing
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