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San Diego Unified released new details yesterday on how the spending freeze will work. It mandated that departments in the central office slim down their budgets by 3 percent and school sites cut theirs by 2.5 percent.

Travel has been suspended unless it is required by regulations, will benefit the school district financially or is deemed necessary for the school board or superintendent. Procurement cards, which are like credit cards for school district employees, have been suspended.

Also, field trips and overtime will be kept to a minimum. And schools aren’t supposed to buy catered food unless it’s for kids, with the possible exception of events for the school board or superintendent. (This exception was pointed out to me by an employee who found it more than a little annoying.)

I’m curious about how these rules pan out for schools. Notice something interesting? Shoot me an e-mail at emily.alpert@voiceofsandiego.org or leave a comment here.

EMILY ALPERT

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