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Officials expect 10 to 12 layoffs of certified teachers.

A school board meeting is set for tonight to discuss budget cuts, including layoffs, in the San Benito High School District.

Superintendent Stan Rose said there would be layoffs of about 10 to 12 certified teachers. District officials are preparing for cuts because they don’t know how bad the state budget deficit will look.

Board members at tonight’s 5:30 p.m. meeting also will discuss updating the district’s ranking of programs that are most needed.

“(We) are forced to plan for the worst while hoping for the best,” Rose said.

The district’s goal is to preserve as many programs as possible, he said. Tonight, officials will approve a plan and figure out what the loss of revenue for next year could be.

Rose said the next look at the California budget will be after the governor’s May revise. The state doesn’t have to approve the budget until the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30, he said, and Rose noted that state legislators rarely OK it on time.

Other area districts also are facing likely cuts. In the Hollister School District as of last week, there were 73 positions in danger of being cut, but that number has since decreased to 39, said the district teachers’ union President Ronna Gilani.

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