The Northridge Board of Education met Monday and continued to discuss potential cuts for the 2011-12 school year and the need to put an income tax levy on the May ballot.

The Northridge Board of Education met Monday and continued to discuss potential cuts for the 2011-12 school year and the need to put an income tax levy on the May ballot.

A similar levy proposal was defeated twice in 2010 - once in May and again in November. The May ballot asked voters to renew the tax on a permanent basis; the November issue sought only a five-year renewal.

"It would be in our best interest to go on the May ballot in my opinion," said board p[resident Lee Hatfield.

Treasurer Jim Hudson said it was important to know expected revenues as early as possible.

"If we don't go on in May, we'd have to go on in November, and November is too late to make any cuts," Hudson said. "It's to our benefit to go on in May to see what the results are before we implement those cuts."

Hudson said the district is currently planning on cutting its budget by $1.1-million, less than the $1.7-million lost from the lapse of the district income tax, because the district is able to use some carryover savings.

However, Hudson said, the state is expected to make additional cuts beyond what the district is currently anticipating.

"We are potentially looking at 20 percent state cuts, which means we could look at another $450,000 to $500,000 in additional cuts (beyond the $1.1-million already planned)," Hudson said.

Hatfield said the board would try to finalize a list of proposed cuts in January.

"That should be a resolution," said Superintendent John Shepard.

Among potential cuts could be eliminating high school busing, which could save $40,000 to $50,000; eliminating sports subsidies, which could save $126,000; and eliminating student club subsidies, which could save $25,000, Hudson said.

Board members also discussed eliminating art programs.