The day of reckoning has been delayed for the Irvine Unified School District, with the postponement until March of a school board vote on $3 million in proposed budget cuts.
Trustees had planned to decide on budget cuts and layoffs at their Wednesday night meeting, to give administrators four weeks' planning time before the legally required March 15 notice date. But teachers union officials agreed to an extension of the layoff notice deadline to April 15 for next school year.
The delay gives district budget planners and school board members additional time to scrutinize the county recovery plan. The district is projecting a potential loss of $10.5 million from $105 million in the county pool. But district officials say they believe the loss can be financed over several years to lessen its impact.
School board President Tom Burnham said a decision on most budget cuts, including layoffs, will probably come at the March 21 board meeting.