SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego school board Wednesday unanimously approved the revised budget for the next school year -- a spending plan reflecting extra state funding, and a proviso that some of any possible unused funds from the school year just ended go to restoring office assistant positions and beefing up school police on campus.
Currently city police respond to after-hours calls at district schools.
"San Diego (police are) busy, and coming to look at an alarm at a school site is not high on their priority list," said San Diego Unified School District board member Scott Barnett. Barnett said an increased school police presence would cut down on school damage.
The school board initially adopted its budget for the 2011-12 school on June 28, without knowing how much money it would get from the state. Two days after the board's budget vote, the governor signed a state budget, which allocated $4 billion from projected tax revenue to California schools, with about $36 million earmarked for the San Diego the district.
Additionally, the school district will received $9.3 million from the state for maintaining low class sizes.
However, the school district will not receive 44 percent of the state funds until July 1, 2012, which is after the 2011-12 school year.
The bottom line is that the SDUSD expects to receive about $26.7 million from the state for the upcoming school year.
The district vowed to use some of that money to restore more than 300 full-time teaching positions in kindergarten, second and third grade.
Earlier this summer, the district laid off 1,892 employees. The layoff notices for 722 of those employees were rescinded as of July 22, according to district data.
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