As the California state legislature creeps toward a budget for the next year, Hesperia Unified officials are preparing for the worst-case scenario, and everything is on the table for potential cuts.


"School closures are something that I think we need to take a look at" for the 2012-2013 school year, Superintendent Mark McKinney told school board members at Monday night's meeting.


Also mentioned as a possibility was charging for busing and streamlining existing routes.


Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal does not include public education cuts beyond those made in previous years. But his proposal was built around the idea that voters would approve a June ballot measure to extend expiring taxes.


If they don't -- and polls show the public's support for the idea is diminishing -- the HUSD will face a $7 million budget shortfall.


Assuming the measure gets placed on the ballot, officials won't know voters' decision until June, and are preparing for bad news, putting everything on the table.


At Monday's meeting, board members asked to see proposals made over the past several years from a variety of advisory committees, composed of staff and parents.


The suggestions made by committees over the past three years range from the easy to swallow -- such as the district relying more on email and less on printed documents -- to ones likely to be controversial, such as using local venues for proms and graduations. A variety of furloughs, salary freezes and pay cuts were also proposed.


Many of the changes recommended, such as the closure of the sixth-grade-only Oxford Academy, were implemented in previous years.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.