The Cleveland Metropolitan School District board members have some tough decisions ahead. They must cut $13.2 million from the fiscal year 2012 budget by the end of October.

And, the forecast isn’t any better for next year with a projected $95.6 million deficit.

“Essentially, it’s two bullets,” Chief Financial Officer Dennis Kubick said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “We have less state funding and we have additional classroom teacher salaries and benefits in fiscal years 12 and 13.”

Kubick said permanent cuts this year will reduce next year’s deficit to $69 million.

Possible options for cuts include textbooks, summer school, preschool, sports and other extra-curricular programs, closing more buildings, and reductions in safety and security, principals and cleaning personnel.

The school board is expected to vote on the cuts at its Oct. 25 meeting.

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