The 2013-2014 preliminary budget of $137 million must be reduced by that amount, said Leslie Barnes, the district's assistant superintendent for business services and chief financial officer.
The cuts must be made despite the passage of Proposition 30 in November. Money coming to Pomona from that measure - a state sales tax increase and rise in income taxes for the wealthy - made the district deficit smaller but not enough to balance the 2013-14 budget, Barnes said.
Administrators are initially looking to consolidate some programs and operations within the the district.
Projections from the state on how much funding will be allocated to school districts have not been issued, said Alex Cherniss, chief business officer at the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
"There's a good chance the (state) Department of Finance will be sending their projections" out by March, Cherniss said.
Until projections become available, school districts have been advised to use the figures used to develop the current fiscal year's budgets to prepare the 2013-2014 budgets, he said.
Once the projections are available "there will be a range of projected funding," Cherniss said.
Funding for schools, depending on each district's circumstances, is expected to be at least the same as it was last year or better, he said.
While funding from the state is expected to be less volatile, school districts are being warned to prepare for the loss of about 5 percent in federal funding, Cherniss said.
The drop in those funds would come as a result of across-the-board federal spending cuts that could come as early as March 1 in an effort to address the federal budget deficit.
Barnes said that cut would be in addition to the more than $6 million in cuts Pomona Unified will have to make.
Federal funds are used to pay for special education, Head Start and Title I (disadvantaged students) programs, Barnes said.
If the federal government cuts its funding then it will be up to the district to find a way to make up what is lost, Barnes said.
In order to prepare for cutbacks school board members authorized district administrators to explore budget reduction options.
When it comes to the budget "there are still many uncertainties," said School Board President Roberta Perlman recently.
Perlman said school board members are looking for district personnel to assemble a comprehensive strategy.
Pomona Unified Superintendent Richard Martinez said with the Board of Education's approval, administrators will move forward to review various options including the possibility of consolidating programs such as alternative education and adult education.
For example the district will look at moving career and technical education programs, which fall under adult education, to the Pueblo Elementary School campus or to the Village at Indian Hill since some programs such as cosmetology and barbering are already there, Martinez said.
"We're trying to locate certificate programs under one roof," he said.
District personnel will also explore if it's possible to consolidated any elementary school programs, Martinez said.
As part of exploring school consolidation, district personnel will evaluate schools, their sizes, average daily attendance figures and geographic locations, he said.
In addition the district will be working on a petition for a proposed district operated charter school.
If approved by the board, the charter school would be staffed by school district faculty and staff, Martinez said.
School district administrators will carry out their research and present the results to school board members at its March 5 meeting, he said.
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