COSTA MESA — The Newport-Mesa Unified School District can balance its budget for the next two years, but after that, programs and services could face the chopping block, depending on what the state does, officials said.
Acting Supt. Paul Reed presented a report that analyzed the district's financial status at Tuesday night's board meeting. The report shows the district keeping its head above water for two years, no matter what happens with the troubled state budget.
"We have challenges coming, but we're where we need to be," he said.
The report outlined three different options for what might happen with the state and how it will effect district funding.
Each scenario calls for Newport-Mesa to dip into its reserves in order to get by — a move projected to saddle the district with a wide budget gap of $100,000 to $15 million by 2012-13, Reed said.