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Flagstaff school district facing $7 million gap

Flagstaff schools are facing a $7 million budget gap in the district’s $64 million operations budget despite a new 15 percent budget override approved by voters.

A loss of about 500 students this year will cost the Flagstaff Unified School District $2.4 million in state per-student funding and is the single biggest item in the predicted budget deficit.

District officials have tentatively proposed cutting positions and shifting funds

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the other big revenue hits include a loss of up to $2 million in state funds and $800,000 less from the override as a percentage of the reduced total budget.

Other money losses include a $650,000 state sweep of the district’s rainy day fund and a $400,000 cut in Proposition 301 funds used to boost teacher pay.

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