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Improving budget: $7M more not enough to get KHSD excited

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Kern High School District meets Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Bakersfield, Calif., to discuss the governor's plan to increase school funding.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern High School District is slated to get millions of dollars more in Gov. Jerry Brown's optimistic budget proposal. Still, local officials are not overly excited.

Monday, district board members looked over Brown's plan and discussed the local impact. Following years of cuts to deal with state deficits, the state is slated to give KHSD about $7 million in restored funding.

That's a step in the right direction, school officials said, but far from where they want to be.

"It is good news. I don't want to overstate the good news, it's obviously good news, but, again, we're still about 90 percent shy of where we need to be in terms of full funding," said Scott Cole, assistant superintendent of business for KHSD. "The governor's current proposal has us restored to full funding in 2021."

District officials warned the $7 million expected bump could change when Brown's revised budget is released in May.