After learning last week that increased donations from parents' clubs and foundations could cover much of the budget deficit created by the state budget crisis, the Lafayette School District's governing board must decide tonight what it will cut to cover the rest.

District staff members had prepared a list of cuts to close the $1.7 million hole created by the Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal, which stripped out $4.5 billion in state education spending.

The district's list would have eliminated the equivalent of 19 full-time positions, in addition to the five teaching positions the district would drop because of declining enrollment.

Last week, parents' clubs and the Lafayette Arts and Science Foundation said they could give an extra $846,000 to help avert the cuts, Superintendent Frank Tom said.

The district also will look at matching a portion of the contributions with $200,000 carried over from previous years and $160,000 in interest from a reserve fund, which is also called fund 17, Tom said.

If all that money is available, the district needs to cut about $220,000, Tom said.

Of the five teachers affected by declining enrollment, two teach at Stanley Middle School, he said. The other three are covered by retirements.

BUDGET MEETING

The Lafayette School District's Governing Board will discuss budget cuts at 7 p.m. today in the Multi-Purpose Room of Stanley Middle School, 3455 School St., Lafayette.



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