SCUSD’s 2015-16 budget reflects rise in state funding, reinvestment in schools

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The Board of Education next week is expected to approve a budget for next year that includes a $45 million increase in state funding due to Proposition 30, the Local Control Funding Formula and California’s improved economy.

“This gives us a rare opportunity to make some long overdue investments in the future financial stability and sustainability of our organization,” said Superintendent José L. Banda. 

Highlights of SCUSD’s budget proposal include:

  • A reduction in K-3 student-teacher ratios across the district
  • An increase in counselors 
  • Restoration of custodial staff to 2012-13 levels
  • Funding for school nurses
  • Funding for Social Emotional Learning
  • Funding for improvement of school culture and climate
  • New buses
  • Classroom computers and technology infrastructure upgrades
  • PE equipment  and musical instruments 

These recommendations are based on Governor Brown’s May budget revision. The Legislature has until June 30 to pass a budget, and K-12 funding could change in the final version sent to the Governor’s desk.

“Even so,” said Superintendent Banda, “we have an opportunity this year to plan for the future and that is most welcome.”

The Board of Education will consider the budget at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave. More details about the budget can be viewed online.