More than 700 teachers and other district employees were given pink slips in anticipation of a record state deficit. New estimates of state cuts are at $79 million, meaning HISD may have cut nearly $20 million more.
At least one board member says the money should be used to prepare for future state funding shortfalls.
"My hope, and I hope my colleagues think long and hard about it, is we shift that money to next year to help mitigate the additional deficit that we'll be facing, $42 million possibly," said HISD Trustee Greg Meyers.
HISD says the tax rate will remain unchanged.