State Funding for SMUSD
Flat funding from the State; Less Funding for San Marino Schools
SAN MARINO, CA - The Governor's proposed budget was released this week, and the State is projecting flat funding for K-12 schools beginning next school year. Unfortunately, because of funding formulas that do not favor school districts with small populations of disadvantaged students, San Marino expects to receive less money for the next school year than this year. As the District’s costs continue to rise, including the State-mandated increases in District contributions for STRS / PERS (retirement benefits), employee health benefits, and salary increases, District staff and the Board of Education will be meeting in the coming months to address these issues resulting from the projected declining revenue and increasing costs. Priorities will be set and difficult decisions may have to be made.
Our challenge continues to be meeting our own high expectations for educational excellence with less and less funding each and every year. Nonetheless, San Marino has always been a stalwart supporter of public education. Together, with the engagement of our parents, our community, and our Foundation, San Marino Unified School District will weather this latest storm and is committed to staying the premier school district in the State of California.