HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Department of Education is scrambling to deal with a projected $12 million budget shortfall.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the shortfall could affect the ability to pay for utilities, transportation, school lunches and substitute teachers.
The Board of Education first learned of the projected cutback at a meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi told the board the 5 percent restriction is "quite significant."
The governor said in a memo to state departments last week that the state will continue to withhold 5 percent of discretionary spending. The state budget that took effect Monday includes $1.4 billion in general funds for the Department of Education.
State Budget Director Kalbert Young says in light of the department's concerns about financial hardship, he's open to seeing a financial analysis.