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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:22 pm | Updated: 7:20 pm, Fri May 24, 2013.

One week after a 2-2 vote by the Gilbert Unified School District governing board put into question future discussion about a budget override ballot issue, an agenda was posted showing the board will vote on the matter Wednesday night.

A special board meeting agenda shows the board will vote to place an 8 percent budget override on the November ballot.

School district budgets in Arizona are set by the number of students they have and then the per student funded determined by lawmakers. School boards can place an override on the ballot where voters can agree to tax themselves to provide additional dollars.

Currently, school boards can put up to a 15 percent override on the ballot.

Gilbert has a 10 percent 7-year override in place, which provides an additional $18 million to the district annually. Voters were asked to renew it last fall, but turned it down.

With the failure to renew the override, the district will need to cut $6 million from its budget next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Unless another override is put into place, the district would have to cut another $6 million next fiscal year, with the final cut coming in the 2015-16 school years.

Tuesday's governing board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the district office at 140 S. Gilbert Road.

The board agenda also includes a vote to maintain the district's tuition-free full-day kindergarten program. The state stopped funding full-day kindergarten during the recession. There has been discussion by some board members about making full-day kindergarten tuition-based.

Two other matters the board will discuss are budget options to consider for next school year and teacher pay for performance plans. An agenda can be found at boarddocs.com/az/gpsaz/Board.nsf/Public.

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