Like Oakland Unified, West Contra Costa faces budget deficits and sought help from its county office of education.
Board members also wonder whether voters would approve new tax measures next year, after grand jury report blasts district for fiscal mismanagement.
Board member Jody London said the district could not give teachers the raises it agreed to in settling the recent strike without making the cuts.
Students and advocates are loudly protesting a plan to significantly cut staff from the popular initiative, which emphasizes alternatives to punitive discipline approaches like suspension and expulsion.
District is surveying community and board plans to hear feedback from public on proposed budget cuts at meeting next month.
District proposes cuts of $7 million to central services and $3 million to schools, along with $6.5 million in other spending reductions or savings.
The Bay Area district is seeking donations to offset a $500,000 budget cut that originally would have eliminated 10 sports.
District scrambles to comply with Title IX requirements, seeks donations to keep other sports alive.