The Sunnyside Unified School District is expected to take the final steps toward closing its budget deficit at tonight's special Governing Board meeting.

The Governing Board will vote on whether to cut teachers and other positions at the Ocotillo Early Learning Center, middle school truancy officers, library clerks, and other district programs in an effort to close a budget gap that ranges from $3.2 million to $4.6 million.

The board will meet at the Sunnyside High School auditorium, 1725 E. Bilby Road. A study session starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the special meeting at 6:30 p.m.

If approved, the Ocotillo Early Learning Center would lose three full-time teaching positions, a part-time teacher and at least four teaching assistants.

Sunnyside administrators recommended the Ocotillo cuts at its March 12 meeting.

In the last two months, the district has voted to cut 18 teaching positions, shut down its Family Resource and Wellness Center and reduce overtime pay for police officers, among other cuts. Those reductions are projected to save the district almost $3 million.

The district is hoping to save another $1 million through the next round of cuts.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at or 573-4115. On Twitter: @JamarYounger