Without a defined budget from the state on education funding for the 2009-10 school year, Rocklin Unified School District is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Although the objective goal is to avoid layoffs, it is one of the options the district is considering. At Wednesday’s school board meeting Barbara Patterson, associate superintendent of business services, presented a rough estimate of cost-cutting options the district could implement. Some of the options could include increasing the staffing ratio and class size by at least one student per grade level, which could save the district an estimated amount between $374,000 and $478,000 by eliminating approximately seven full time employees and combining elementary library and computer lab time to one hour instead of two, cutting between an estimated $174,000 and $195,000. The rough plan for reduction in force and other cuts need to save the district somewhere between $4 and $9 million. “I know no one wants to cut our wonderful programs, but we’re given no choice,” Patterson said. For more, check Thursday’s Placer Herald.