Northside Independent School District (NISD) Board of Trustees Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve additional staff and budget cuts for the current school year and the next school year.
In February, the board had initially voted to cut $17 million from the 2010-11 budget and to reduce this school year’s staff through attrition by 268 positions in the wake of state budget cuts.
Last night, the board put another 705 positions and an additional $44.4 million on the chopping block for the 2011-2012 year, raising the planned cuts to 973 positions and $61.4 million from the budget.
But these cuts, says NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez, may not be enough.
“We will not know whether these cuts will be sufficient until the Legislature approves the state budget. That may not happen until the summer special session which ends in August,” Gonzalez says.
NISD’s current budget is about $1.2 billion. Total staff is about 13,000.