Construction on several campuses, plans to set multi-year goals, a school bond measure and possible spending and program cuts as the state grapples with a growing deficit in 2008 will likely make this year a momentous one, school officials said last month.
And many of the most significant and difficult decisions will come this spring as the Poway and Ramona districts wrap up the 2007-08 school year, they added.
"We are trying to build off past successes and not rest on our laurels," said Poway Unified Superintendent Don Phillips. "Our commitment is to do the very best job we can in educating our youngsters and challenging them."
Tight spending year
An estimated $14 billion shortfall at the state level could still pose a significant hurdle to that goal as officials are likely to have to limit spending and cut some programs, possibly midyear, district officials said.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced that the budget proposal he will release Jan. 10 will come with a fiscal emergency declaration. The emergency means that lawmakers will have to reopen the budget the governor signed in August and decide how to eliminate about $2 billion from the current year's spending plan.
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