California and Albany school finance
I’m working on a primer about how California school districts and AUSD are funded, because it’s pretty confusing: see here.
The 2021-22 budget process starts in Spring 2021 and the budget must be approved by June 30, 2021.
- Governor’s 2021-22 budget proposal – first look at impact on AUSD
- 2020-21 COVID spending and funds
- 2020-21 First interim update
- 2020-21 Second interim update (scheduled for March 2021)
The budget for 2020-21 must be approved by June 2020. Due to the shutdown to control the spread of COVID-19, the budget workshop, the Budget Advisory Committee meetings, and Board meetings to discuss budget proposals have been moved to Zoom meetings.
On June 1, a subset of the Budget Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the role of the BAC in future budget processes.
On June 9, I expect the Board will be presented with a 2020-21 budget proposal by district staff, which we will be asked to vote on that night. That proposal will presumably include the staff reductions approved by a majority of the board on Tuesday, May 26.
On March 10, the Board approved the Superintendent’s request to reduce staffing in response to declining enrollment. Once the presentation that explains those reductions has been posted I’ll link it here. The Board postponed a decision on proposed service reductions in student support services, including ELD and intervention. You can see the full list of proposed reductions here. You can view the recording of this discussion here.
You can see updates about actual spending and revenues on the AUSD budget site under Current Budget. The budget was approved in June 2019, and the First Interim and Second Interim reports (which update spending and revenues using actual data and revisions in staffing, enrollment, etc.) have both been approved by the Board.
The latest projection for 2019-20 looks like this:
This projection incorporates the additional revenue from Measure B (which will add $130 per parcel starting in 2021-22), as well as a 2% raise across AUSD. That 2% was agreed to between the district and the Albany Teachers Association as part of the passage of Measure B.
Note that this budget puts the district below the state-mandated 3% reserve threshold by 2021-22, and in negative reserves in 2022-23. The Board must approve reductions that bring that last red number (-3.74%) to 3% by the time we vote on a budget in June 2020. Otherwise we will be subject to County oversight.
2018-19 Adopted Budget (June 28, 2018): in PDF
+ 2019-20 Budget Process (click to expand)
+ About the budget process (click to expand)