Washoe County School Superintendent Heath Morrison is proposing bigger classes for high school students and using the last of several reserve funds to deal with a $40 million shortfall for the 2012-13 school year.But it’s the year after where big cuts could hit the classrooms: A potential $80 million-plus shortfall . That includes a $44 million loss as a variety of state- approved tax increases will sunset. “That’s what keeps me up at night,” Morrison said, at a news briefing this morning.
Morrison said the school board will review the spending plans at its meeting Tuesday and continue that review until a budget for 2012-13 is approved in May.
The current operating budget is about $600 million after being reduced by $123 million or 17 percent over the last five years because of the recession. The new budget includes only step increases for employees as they move up the wage scale.