An economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic prompted the state to initially advise school districts to brace for state cuts of 14%. New numbers released last week show the expected cut will be 11% instead.
During a virtual budget meeting on Thursday, Bracken said the district still plans to make roughly $31 million in cuts. That will come from trims to schools and central administration, postponement of a big textbook purchase and other cost-saving measures. Employee salaries will be frozen, but there's no plan for layoffs.
But, Bracken said, the revised state revenue projections mean the district can preserve more of its rainy day funds, and that will put APS in a better position to manage potential shortfalls in future years.
The board is expected to give final approval to the budget on June 22.