10:52 PM PDT on Saturday, July 17, 2010

By ERIN WALDNER
The Press-Enterprise

Due to budget cuts, the Yucaipa-Calimesa school district will not provide transportation to and from school when classes resume in August.

The exception is busing for special education students.

George Velarde, assistant superintendent of business services, said parents can expect to receive a letter from the district soon reminding them that busing between home and school will not be available.

To save money, last year the district eliminated buses for middle school students and extended the distance elementary students had to live from their school to get busing.

The 2010-11 budget approved by the Yucaipa-Calimesa Board of Education was a conditional budget, which means the district is able to meet its financial obligations this year but the following year is questionable.

Velarde said the district has until September to submit a revised 2010-11 budget to the San Bernardino County superintendent of schools, along with a fiscal plan demonstrating the district has sufficient reserves for 2011-12 and 2012-13. He said it is difficult drafting the plan because there are a lot of unknowns, such as how much state funding will be available.

The 2010-11 budget includes $63.5 million in revenues and $68.4 million in expenditures. State funding is down $8 million. Enrollment is down, as well, which decreases per-student funding the district will receive.

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