Denair Unified trustees to hear financial update tonight

naustin@modbee.comAugust 7, 2013 

Denair Unified School District trustees will hear a financial update from their fiscal adviser tonight and vote on a budget showing that the district remains in jeopardy.

Interim Superintendent Walt Hanline said additional teacher layoffs made last month will help in the long run, but a $1.3 million cash advance from the Stanislaus County Office of Education put the district further behind.

"Simply stated, we need Denair staff to make the short-time sacrifices — salary reductions — that other school districts made four years ago," Hanline said Wednesday.

The district is at an impasse in negotiations with its unions. It was asking teachers for more than 11 percent in salary cuts. The budget to be voted on tonight shows Denair's charter schools firmly in the black for this coming year, but the district's general fund ending $360,000 in the red.

The state requires all districts of Denair's size to have a 3 percent general fund reserve at year's end. Denair needs to save about an additional $600,000 to meet that requirement.

In other business, the board will hold a second hearing of revisions to policies and vote on changes to its conflict-of-interest code. The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Denair Middle School Coyote Center, 3701 Lester Road, Denair.

Find exhibits and the agenda at DenairUnified.

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