You’ve probably read that the Oakland school district is projecting a $37 million deficit in next year’s roughly $250 million general purpose fund.
What you might not know is that new state funding cuts — those expected to go into place for 2010-11 — only account for $8 million of the school district’s budget problem. Declining enrollment and/or attendance? Another million.
About $26 $28 million of the district’s ongoing expenses have been covered with one-time funds or transferred from one pot to another (such as adult education), CFO Vernon Hal explained.
“We have to get our expenses in line,” Hal said.
Of course, as I noted back in January, the district plans to do some similar maneuvers to balance next year’s budget. About $11 million of the budget hole will be filled, once again, with one-time money.
“Part of it is kicking the can down the street,” Hal said.