Hollier, has withdrawn. Though Hollier remains on the ballot, that leaves an open path for engineer-attorney Ravi Nigam.
The seven board members will have plenty to worry about: with state funding flat and teacher salaries and health care costs still climbing, the schools face a growing structural deficit. The AAPS cut $14 million in costs over the last three years, mostly through staff reductions, yet the district still faces a projected deficit of $6 million next year-rising to $12 million by the 2011-12 school year.
[Originally published in May, 2009.]