Tonight’s School Board meeting brings with it a report on the state of the district’s finances following the passage of the state budget at the end of July. Long story short: The school district lost an additional $2 million, on top of the $5.8 million the state cut from an earlier version of the budget it passed in February.
The cuts cover the 2008-2009 school year and the current one. District staff had shuffled in “categorical” funds the state pays for programs like adult education, library improvements and a bundle of other things in order to balance their budget over the two-year period.
State funding makes up more than three-quarters of Alameda Unified’s budget.
The district has a brand-new chief financial officer, Fil Guzman, who will be hammering out the details of what the cuts mean to the district and how they’ll deal with them. Additional information on the state of the district’s budget will be available in December.
Meanwhile, the board will get a report on enrollment at the start of the school year, which staff says is down by 120 students from last year. They will also meet in closed session to discuss settlement proposals in two lawsuits brought by businesses who opposed the Measure H parcel tax because the tax charges some commercial property owners more than homeowners and others.
They’ll also talk about moving forward on the district’s master plan (and I’ll have more on that for you Wednesday).