Monday, December 8, 2014

Media Advisory: San Diego Unified's 2014-2015 First Interim Financial Report Clear on Commitment to Classrooms

Board to approve financial report Tuesday reflecting to-date budget status; Three-year budget plan proposes reduced class sizes in the early grades and addition of school counselors among funding priorities

SAN DIEGO ­ The San Diego Unified School District will present its 2014-2015 First Interim Financial Report, reflecting the district¹s budget status for this fiscal year, at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, December 9. The budget presentation will also include a preview of the three-year budget plan moving into the 2015-2016 fiscal year, reflecting budget priorities that continue to reduce class sizes, among other priorities.

"Within continued and severe budget restraints, we are working steadily to prioritize more resources into the classrooms, and this commitment to our classrooms is clearly evident in our First Interim Report." said Superintendent Cindy Marten. "We know what our schools need, and we¹re not waiting for the Governor¹s budget next month to determine what to do. We have our priorities in place based on a year¹s worth of collective and comprehensive feedback from our stakeholders and partners."

"If the Governor's budget comes in higher than anticipated, we¹ll be able to meet our funding priorities more fully. If it comes in lower than projected, we will scale back but keep the priorities in place," she added.

Funding priorities for 2015-2016 include continued reduction of class sizes, especially at the early grades, and more counseling support, among other priorities, based on strategies outlined in the district's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Regular monthly LCAP updates are provided to the Board of Education, and shared with advisory, parent, and student committees as a means to obtain regular input.

The approval of the First Interim Report is the first in a series of steps leading to the final Board adoption of the 2014-2015 budget and LCAP.
Step Task Date
1 Monthly LCAP Presentations, Community & Advisory Group Engagement September 2014 ­ June 2015
2 Board Approval of First Interim Report- BOARD ACTION December 9, 2014
3 Vision 2020/LCAP Planning (Finalize priorities with LCAP Planning Team) December 2014 - January 2015
4 Governor¹s Proposed Budget Released Mid-January
5 Superintendent Report on 2015/16 Budget Solutions Adjustments January 20, 2015
6 Release of SBB Budget Workbooks February 2015
7 Board Approval of 2nd Interim Report- BOARD ACTION March 15, 2015
8 Board Approval of 3rd Interim Report- BOARD ACTION May 15, 2015
9 Board Adoption of 2014/15 Budget and LCAP-BOARD ACTION June 30, 2015
"We value the input from our families, staff and community members in making funding decisions that have the greatest collective impact on the classroom," she added. "We have started to have critical conversations with the California Legislature on improving equity and adequacy in education funding, and will be making sure our stakeholders¹ voices are included in these conversations." On Monday, December 1, 2014, Superintendent Marten and Board President Kevin Beiser called for lawmakers to take action to accelerate funding restoration as part of the annual State of the District address. CONTACT: Ursula Kroemer| Chief Public Information Officer | San Diego Unified School District | (619) 725-7112 (Desk) | (760) 705-6919 (Cell)