Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Board approves $1.2 billion operating budget for 2014-15 school year

Completing her first year as superintendent, the San Diego Unified Board of Trustees unanimously approved Cindy Marten's $1.2 billion "students first" spending plan Tuesday night.

"When the Board hired me last year, my task was to reevaluate every dollar to ensure we are focusing expenditures on proven methods to create quality schools in every neighborhood, improve student achievement and close the achievement gap," said Marten.

At the same time, the Board approved the district's LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan). It now goes to the San Diego County Office of Education for final approval.  See documents approved»

Despite lingering effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the 2014-15, $1.2 billion operating budget has no layoffs, reduces class sizes in lower grades, redirects staffing to classrooms, implements Common Core and focuses on English-language learners.

"I have always believed that however much money we have, in both good times and bad, we have a responsibility to improve the quality of education while serving as good stewards and promoting student achievement," she said. "I am confident that we will meet the needs of our students and support our educators and employees, while living within our means."


  • No layoffs.
  • Reduces K-3 class size from current school year from 27:1 to 25:1.
  • Fully funds the implementation of the Common Core curriculum.
  • Restores the school calendar to 180 instructional days.
  • Stabilizes school staffing including improved front office allocations.
  • Fully funds professional development for educators ensuring the best trained staff for our students.
  • Transitions "non classroom" support teachers into the classrooms.
  • Initiates an early retirement plan for approximately 472 educators, resulting in a net savings of approximately $8 million dollars next year.
  • Supports biliteracy programs and implements Superintendent's English Learner Action Plan for Long-term English learners.
  • Maintains classroom Gate and Seminar funding.
  • Ensures open library hours at every elementary school.
  • Maintains current level of services in arts, athletics, school safety, custodial, nursing and counseling.
  • Maintains the nationally recognized i21 program, giving students and educators the latest technology.
  • Maintains graduation coaches.
  • Implements Transitional Kindergarten at all elementary schools.
  • Meets contractual salary increases.
  • Maintains existing level of health benefits for all employees.
  • Phases out real estate sales to fund budget shortfalls.
  • Initiates a multi-year real estate strategy to generate new real estate revenues.
  • Includes approximately $223 million in facility upgrades and expansions in Prop S/Z funds.