As many of you are aware, Sonoma Valley Unified School District was able to avoid significant budget cuts because of the passage of Proposition 30 in the November election. We did not receive additional funds with of the passage of this proposition but instead we remained “status quo.” You may also remember, during numerous budget conversations in the district, we also discussed possible income from redevelopment agency funding.

As a reminder, last year the State of California determined that redevelopment funding which had previously been used by Redevelopment Agencies should be moved to school districts. Since that time the District has been anticipating access to those redevelopment funds. This past week the District learned that it will receive $2,367,000 in redevelopment funds. Of those funds, $1,221,000 is considered one-time funding and $1,145,000 will possibly become ongoing funding that will be available to the District annually. While this is certainly good news, we must also remember that we entered this school year implementing $2,600,000 in budget reductions (8 furlough days, losses to class-size reduction, elimination of Adult Education, etc…). The state continues to move funds as they figure out ways to mitigate the significant cuts to education.

With these funds now in hand the District anticipates rescinding the remaining unused 2012-2013 furlough days as we look forward to additional days of instruction for our students – which is mission critical. Additionally, these funds will provide the District an opportunity to review recent budget reductions and determine how these funds can best support the work of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District.