- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Struggling with declining enrollment and increasing operating costs, officials say the Baltimore school system is facing a $129 million deficit in next fiscal year’s budget - more than double the gap it closed last year.

The Baltimore Sun (https://bsun.md/2hyAxhX) reports city schools CEO Sonja Santelises announced the deficit Wednesday.

She said she is not prepared to announce any staff cuts or budget cuts. Officials have employed those cost-saving measures in each of the past two years.

Santelises says she hopes to work with state and local lawmakers and school communities on ways to close the gap.

The deficit represents more than 10 percent of Baltimore City Public Schools’ $1.2 billion budget.

Santelises’ announcement comes just six months before the system needs to set a spending plan to begin July 1.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com

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