With voters unlikely to support more tax hikes, schools will have to get creative — and efficient
March 31, 2011 5:18 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • As the California state legislature creeps toward a budget for the next year, Hesperia Unified officials are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and everything is on the table for potential cuts.

“School closures are something that I think we need to take a look at” for the 2012-2013 school year, Superintendent Mark McKinney told school board members at Monday night’s meeting.

Also mentioned as a possibility was charging for busing and streamlining existing routes.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal does not include public education cuts beyond those made in previous years. But his proposal was built around the idea that voters would approve a June ballot measure to extend expiring taxes.

If they don’t — and polls show the public’s support for the idea is diminishing — the HUSD will face a $7 million budget shortfall.

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Beau Yarbrough can be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.