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Manteca may adopt budget Tuesday
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With the June 30 deadline approaching, the Manteca Unified school board will look to adopt the budget for the 2009-10 school year at Tuesday’s meeting.

Included will be cuts in services, staff, programs and employee compensation totaling $32 million.

Trustees took into consideration the input from the “Superintendent’s Budget Reduction Committee” – specifically, the Level I and II recommendations – with administration using the flexibility granted by the state to reduce or eliminate those programs funded by restricted money during the 2008-09 school year.

The district, which is also predicting additional losses in ADA – the predicted numbers for the average daily attendance is 250 as noted by Superintendent Jason Messer at the previous meeting – made some unpopular choices, including staffing classes at the contract maximum, thus, effectively eliminating class-size reduction in the kindergarten-through-third grade classrooms along with freshmen English and math.

In order to maintain a balanced budget for the following two years, Manteca Unified will look to use $10 million from the retirement fund in order to meet the state requirement.

Meanwhile, the state has yet to finalize its own budget, with district officials expecting some additional cuts ahead.

Manteca Unified’s budget for the upcoming year is over $153 million in both unrestricted and restricted funds. Of that figure, 84 percent is tied to staffing and remaining covering the operational cost.

This item and others will be discussed during the 7 p.m. open session in the administration building at 2271 W. Louise Ave.

Included in the agenda are the following:

• The board, in closed session, could hire to fill the positions of director of fiscal services and director of nutritional services.

• Trustees could look to appoint a senior director of secondary education while vying for the services of an interim director of facilities.

• The board may consider approving and adopting specifications and working details for plans of an all-weather track at Sierra High necessary for the project to go out for bids.

• Trustees could approve an agreement for farming on the district property located in south Manteca at Tinnin Road.

For more information, call the district office at (209) 825-3200 or visit the website,