CONCORD -- The Mt. Diablo school board on Tuesday unanimously approved contracts with two unions that include furlough days in May, which will eliminate three days of classes for students.

The agreements with the Mt. Diablo Education Association teachers' union and California School Employees Association union were reached in an attempt to help balance the district's budget, due to state education funding cuts.

"These are extraordinary times without a doubt," Board President Gary Eberhart said. "It takes a lot of effort on everyone's part to try to pull something like this together. There's a lot of work to continue as we try to cope with the budget being handed to us by the state of California and the economy, so we look forward to continuing our working relationship."

District officials plan to hold a series of community meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays to discuss more budget reductions based on the Legislature's failure to place the governor's proposed tax extensions on a June ballot. The first meetings are from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Loma Vista Adult Education Center in Concord.