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A closer look at the $30 million WCSD budget deficit

The Washoe County School District is facing a $30 million budget deficit, and officials are running out of tools they have used to balance prior deficits.

Here's a closer look at what the district has done and is considering to address the structural shortfall.

Deputy superintendent Kristen McNeill informed school principals that K-12 class sizes could be increasing by two students each next school year, a move that would save about $12 million.

The move would still have to be approved by the WCSD Board of Trustees, which must approve a tentative budget by April 15 and a final budget by June 8.

Despite rumors of teacher layoffs, district officials have said on multiple occasions that layoffs were never discussed.

WCSD chief financial officer Tom Ciesynski said about $2 million was saved because textbooks were cheaper than anticipated.

He also said the district saved roughly $4 million by managing utilities more efficiently.

The budget office is looking for ways to save an additional $5 million.

Under current projections, per-pupil funding in the 2017-2018 school year would be $5,780, up from $5,658 this year.

Parents and community members are encouraged to attend a budget town hall meeting April 6 at 6 p.m. at Wooster High School.

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