Officials at the Orinda Union School District are banking on attrition and reserves to get them through next year's budget crunch.

After assessing the numbers for next year, it was determined at the March 3 school board meeting that the district will have $100,000 left in reserves.

"It's kind of remarkable that when we're in the hole, we come up with a positive," said Glenn Alper, board vice president.

The $1 million shortfall -- money that will not be coming from the state -- will be balanced by dipping into reserves, relying more heavily on parent contributions and eliminating four staffers.

"We have attrition to cover all the positions, although they are not the ones the district would choose," said Jerry Bucci, district director of business services.

Two teaching positions and two positions from maintenance and custodial services will be eliminated. The district is currently over-staffed with teachers.

The resolution is only a temporary one to address budget cuts for next year.

If state funding continues to be limited in following years, Bucci said the district will need to reassess what else must be trimmed.

However, using reserve money and reducing some positions won't be enough to pull the district out of this year's slump.

The Education Foundation of Orinda and parents' clubs will be relied on more heavily to make up the lost funding.

Board president Pat Rudebusch said that although many of the fundraising organizations have been supportive, it is important for them to understand it may not be a one-time request.


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"We have a safety net, but we have to be very, very careful how we use that," Rudebusch said. "It's the ongoing support that we need."

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