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Manteca Unified may lose upwards of $10 million

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POSTED June 21, 2010 2:05 a.m.
The Manteca Unified school board is scheduled to adopt the budget for the 2010-11 school year at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting.

The meeting will be held in the Administration Building, 2271 W. Louise Ave.

Trustees recently approved the outline of the financial plan.

At the June 8 meeting, Superintendent Jason Messer had estimated $5 million to $10 million in declining revenue on this particular budget.

He said part of the reason for that was the projected Cost of Living Adjustment for education at minus-39 percent, equaling a decrease of $25 per Average Daily Attendance.

The state is also imposing a deficit of 18.355 percent coupled with a per ADA reduction totaling about $5.4 million.

MUSD Business Services had recommended that the board approve the proposed budget outline and wait it out until the 45-day revise.

By then, Messer said, the books for the 2009-10 school year will be closed, allowing for the board to make any additional changes, if necessary, to the budget.

The agenda also includes:
•The board will consider reappointing two members and appoint another to the voter-approved Measure M Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Lisa Dixon and Jennifer O’Day are requesting another two years on the committee. Mossdale School parent Bridget Nichols also expressed an interest in joining the oversight group.
•Trustees are scheduled to recognize Pacific Gas and Electric for its donation of metal plates for the school farm; Cleaning for Asthma-safe School’s monetary donation to the district; and the Health Service Department for its efforts relative to H1N1 virus.
•The board will consider accepting the initial proposal for the Adult School master agreement.

For more information, call the district office at 209-825-3200, ext. 50729 or log on to www.mantecausd.net.

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