10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 28, 2011

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino school board has approved $25 million in reductions for the 2011-12 budget and will consider layoff notices for 272 teaching positions when it meets Tuesday.

The San Bernardino City Unified School District board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Board of Education Building, 777 N. F St., San Bernardino. The meeting is open to the public. The layoff notices are near the end of the agenda.

The preliminary layoff notices must be issued before a March 15 statutory deadline.

The $25 million in budget cuts will be needed if the temporary tax extensions proposed are not placed on the June ballot by the Legislature or not approved by voters then. That sum is what district Communications Director Linda Bardere called the “worst-case scenario.” She said in the best-case scenario, the district would have to trim $9 million from its budget for the next school year.

Either of those sums is on top of the $117 million the district already cut over the past three years.

“If the measure is successful in June, we can back off on some of these other cuts we’d have to make,” Bardere said.

Kindergarten through third-grade classes would swell to 30 children at most schools, where the primary support is the district’s general fund from the state.

“We have 16 schools with funding from other sources that will still have 20-1 for K-3,” she said.

Some schools receive federal funds for specific programs or restricted funding from the state to serve designated categories of students.

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