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RUSD budget returns to pre-recession funding

RUSD budget returns to pre-recession funding

By Hector Hernandez, Jr.
Highland Community News
Published June 21, 2018

The Redlands Unified School District board of education approved a $60,928,410 budget for the 2018-19 school year during its June 12 meeting with a projected $210.39 million in state funding, returning to pre-recession levels.

The budget, presented to the board by Assistant Superintendent Business Services Bernie Cavanagh, was created based on Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revision of the state budget and the district’s projected average daily attendance of 20,174. Slight changes to the state budget are expected later this month, Cavanagh said.

The 2018-19 school year marks full funding of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), an 8-year plan to return California’s public school funding to the 2007-08 levels prior to recession budget cuts. Full funding closed the funding gap two years ahead of schedule.

Increases in funding will now come only by cost-of-living adjustments, Cavanagh added.

The budget includes a beginning balance of approximately $51.8 million, revenues of approximately $231.3 million and expenditures of $222.3 million.

Most of the district’s revenues, 83 percent approximately $192.7 million, are LCFF funds while 6 percent are lottery funds and 5 percent are other state funds.

Employee salaries and benefits make up 85 percent of the budgeted expenditures.

A continued concern is the increasing of required district contributions into STRS and PERS, faculty and staff retirement benefits.

This year’s budget saw an additional $2.24 million paid into STRS and PERS contributions over last year’s contributions.

The district also saw a 30 percent increase in property and liability costs.

When divided among function 59 percent of the budget is spent on instruction, 14 percent on instruction related services, 11 percent on plant services, 10 percent on pupil services and 5 percent on general administration.

The 2018-19 budget allocated $1.169 million for new and replacement books.

Cavanagh added that in the next several years the planned adoptions of new science, social studies and world languages books are expected to cost at least $7 million.