The board has approved cuts of $1.4 million for the next year, and is preparing a contingency budget to cut an additional $2.5 million if voters in November do not approve tax initiatives proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The contingency budget also would lay off personnel and eliminate the district's sports and music programs, among other cuts.
Ely, who said she is drinking water, Gatorade and Ensure, said she will continue her hunger strike until "the district admits there's enough money to save our classes and teachers." She said she wants the district to use reserve funds to stave off cuts.