The Billings School District 2 board will hold a public hearing Monday night to take comments on its proposed budget.
Trustees then have the option of voting to approve the budget, which, under state law, must be passed by Aug. 25.
Monday night's meeting could get contentious as budget forecasts provided by Superintendent Keith Beeman's office have left out steps-and-lanes raises for employees as one way to balance SD2's 2012 budget.
If the board approves the budget proposed by Beeman, the district would break even for the coming school year.
But more distressing for trustees is the 2012-2013 school year. With Beeman's proposed cuts still factored in, the district will be roughly $1.4 million in the red.
The meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 415 N. 30th St., Billings.