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School board approves over $2-million in budget cuts 

Trustee Tim Gearhart addresses the board.

–Tuesday night, the Paso Robles School Board approved about $2.1 million dollars in budget cuts, with some minor adjustments. An additional $800,000 in cuts will be made in the next year.

Chief Business Officer Brad Pawlowski outlined the modifications to the cuts. The budget reductions are an effort to prevent the district from going in the red and to eventually restore at least 2-percent budget reserve. The state requires districts the size of Paso Robles School District to maintain a 3-percent reserve. When the previous school board hired former Superintendent Chris Williams four years ago, the budget reserve was $7.5 million, 10-percent of the annual operating budget. Today, it’s less than $750,000.

CBO Brad Pawlowski at the lectern.

The board also tabled a request for an EAP (Transitional Bilingual Program) at Virginia Peterson Elementary for 2019-20 school year.


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