The good news is, the state isn't planning on cutting education funding much more than it already has.

The bad news is that's what qualifies as good news these days.

For most Lamorinda schools, the governor's updated budget for the current school year did not contain cuts beyond those made in January.

And the governor's 2010-2011 budget has spared education from further cuts, for now, by instead making deep cuts to social services.

"We're jumping up and down as if someone gave us this wonderful gift when all they did was not cut us deeper," said Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill.

Officials are also well aware the numbers for next year are far from final. The budget now heads to the state Legislature, where, if recent history is any judge, it may stay awhile.

State Democrats are likely to fight the governor's deep cuts to welfare programs. Republicans are likely to unite in opposition to new taxes.

That leaves local school officials skeptical that cuts to education won't be on the table at some point.

"I'm almost assuming that there will be additional cuts to education when the final budget comes out," said Jerri Bucci, business services director for the Orinda Union School District. "The same thing has happened the last two years. I don't see any evidence to indicate that it won't happen again."

In the meantime, districts must sort out the numbers as best they can. State law requires school districts to submit a budget by June 30.

Some districts will still be making changes to the current year's numbers.

The governor' revised 2009-2010 budget included and additional $280,000 in cuts for the Acalanes Union High School District, said Christopher Learned, associate superintendent for business services.

But with the passage of the Measure A parcel tax and concessions from the employees' union, the district will be able to balance its budget and has rescinded all layoff notices to teachers, he said.

Moraga School District Superintendent Rick Schafer said his district has received some new donations that will help it scale back some of the $675,000 in cuts the board made earlier this year. The district will still spend about $600,000 out of its reserves.

Learned said while the additional cuts hurt, the Acalanes district has enough money in reserve to absorb it, acknowledging that many other districts are not as fortunate.

Officials in the neighboring Mt. Diablo Unified School District have had to reduce their budget by 10 percent since 2006, including increasing class sizes and planning to close campuses.

Still, the budget uncertainty will likely mean more headaches for school officials charged with crunching the numbers while those numbers are continually shifting.

"It's very difficult for us to manage our budgets when we get these kind of changes constantly from the state of California," Learned said.