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|From the Reporter|
|Scott Barnett’s plan would essentially undo the final year of the district’s labor deal, cancelling a slate of pay increases. It would also cut employee pay by an additional 10 percent and give a chance for voters to restore that loss with a parcel tax increase in 2012.|
|With the school board facing difficult, looming budget decisions and the threat of insolvency, Barnett said his plan would stave off the most unpopular cuts, avoiding school closures, land sales and the draining of the district’s reserve|
|How It Compares|
|Barnett’s warnings of insolvency echo those of Superintendent Bill Kowba and board President Richard Barrera, who recently began saying the district was headed for a state takeover unless Sacramento made drastic changes to its education funding or raised taxes. Unlike Kowba and Barrera, however, Barnett isn’t looking to the state for help.|