Upland Unified School District

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/28/2013 10:33:14 PM PDT
Updated: 05/28/2013 10:52:42 PM PDT

UPLAND — Upland Unified School District now faces an $8 million deficit for the 2013-14 fiscal year, down from a projected $9 million.

The district’s Board of Trustees were given the 3rd interim budget report during their Tuesday meeting, which reflected a $986,000 savings from a reduction in teaching positions due to overstaffing.

“This does not mean any teachers are losing these jobs, what we’re doing is taking vacancies and not filing them through attrition because we were overstaffed in some areas,” said Liz Seymour, senior director of fiscal services.

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools downgraded the district’s budget to a negative certification after it was determined they would not be able to meet their financial obligations during the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Consequently, the district was assigned a fiscal advisor, whom the district must pay $18,000, who has been guiding them through identifying the cuts.

The board still needs to identify $8 million in cuts and approve the 2013-14 fiscal year budget by June 30.

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