February 15, 2011 4:31 PM
HESPERIA • Although Gov. Jerry Brown has said there will be no new cuts to public education, the Hesperia Unified School District is preparing for them anyway.
Saying that public education has borne too much of the cost-cutting load in recent years, Brown has said he’d keep funding “flat” for education in the next budget. But his plan relies on voters approving an extension to tax hikes that are scheduled to expire, which many in the Hesperia school district believe they’re unlikely to do. And if voters don’t approve extending the taxes, the district will lose $7 million from next school year’s budget.
“As we are looking at a $7 million loss in revenue, we must review all programs and services,” Superintendent Mark McKinney wrote in an e-mail.
During Monday night’s meeting, the Hesperia Unified school board discussed possible cuts to the district’s in-house police department.
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