Upland Unified School District

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2013 07:11:52 PM PDT
Updated: 06/29/2013 07:13:49 PM PDT

UPLAND — The school board has adopted the 2013-14 fiscal year budget with a $7 million deficit.

The Upland Unified School District board was required to adopt a budget by June 30, regardless of the shortfall, but board members intend to make adjustments by the middle of August.

“We have until June 30 to adopt this budget … even though we have other things going on,” said school board member Steve Frazee. “In an ideal world we could wait a couple weeks until everything settled down. We don’t have this option. It has to be adopted.”

The board adopted the budget Tuesday.

Over the next few weeks, district officials will revise their budget based on the state budget, budget requirements by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office as well as employee concessions, said Liz Seymour, the district’s senior director of fiscal services.

District officials reached an agreement Tuesday with the Upland Teachers Association on concessions, which will be included in the revised budget.

The district’s budget was given a negative certification by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office after finding the district would not meet its financial obligations in the next fiscal year.

In May, the district was faced with a $9 million deficit in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

About $2 million in cuts have been made to classified, certificated, confidential and management positions, decreasing the deficit to $7 million, officials said.

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