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Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 6:30 pm

The Kyrene School District administration is watching the Legislature carefully, and it might have to wait longer than expected to find out what the current-year budget reductions will be.

All administrators have to go by is a budget proposal by Gov. Jan Brewer that would reduce Kyrene's current year funding by $1.6 million.

Kyrene has several options of how to deal with such a cut. The district is operating under a $98 million budget for the current fiscal year, about $2 million less than the adopted budget. Also on the table is $3.3 million from the federal government's Education Relief Bill, which must be allocated for staffing and could be used if the budget cut is larger than $2 million.

"We were told we would know by late February or early March," Kyrene Chief Financial Officer Karin Smith said at Tuesday's governing board meeting. "We haven't committed any of those funds for the current year."

She said the district is playing it safe because of the uncertainty of next year's budget. The funding from the federal bill can be used up until September 2012, and the district is developing several scenarios to present to the governing board after spring break.

"We hope by that time we will have more information from the state," she said. "We want to be very conservative with how we spend that until we see all the variables."

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