UPLAND-- The Upland Unified School District Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting on Thursday to discuss ways to mend an $8 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

The board will hear from district staff and a fiscal advisor assigned by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools on the district's budget, which has been certified as negative for the first time.

"We'll learn more about what that means to use and what kind of things we have to do," said Interim Superintendent Sherri Black.

"The big thing at this point they'll be appointment a fiscal advisor. She'll work with us as we develop a fiscal recovery plan. "

The district submitted their budget outlook for the next three fiscal years to the county, who found the district will be unable to meet their financial obligations during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years.

They are able to meet their obligations for the current fiscal year, but face an $8 million gap in next fiscal year's budget.

Black said getting the negative certification was a shock, but the district had been spending down their required 3 percent reserve to remain solvent which they can no longer do.

"It was a bit of a shock. We've known we have had some problems in our out years, but it's finally hit," Black said.


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The majority of reductions are going to need to be made through bargaining with employee groups and board actions, she said.

The board of trustees last week approved to open negotiations with the district's employee groups.

"I guess it should be included in that is the fact that the income from the state has been reduced significantly," said Trustee Michael Varela, during the April 23 board meeting.

Black said the district is being funded 78 cents on the dollar.

The workshop will be at 6 p.m. today in the district's community room, 390 N. Euclid Ave.


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