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Richland school leaders preparing for state budget cuts

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- With Gov. Gregoire calling for more budget cuts, including to education, Richland School District leaders are making preparations.

 At Tuesday's school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jim Busey said despite potential cuts in funding from the state, the district is in good shape because of an increase in revenue due to an increase in student enrollment and good management by district leaders in previous years which has given the district adequate reserves to cushion the potential cuts.

 Dr. Jim Busey/Richland Schools Superintendent: "We're watching those expenditures very carefully. We're waiting to see what happens the next few months and then we'll take appropriate action when we know more information," said Dr. Busey.

State lawmakers could take action on the governor's proposal as early as next month if called into a special session.

 Dr. Busey says some programs could be cut or reduced like the popular gifted and talented education program, but he says they're already discussing how replacement levies could help deal with these cuts to save programs.