Midyear state budget cuts will cost the San Ramon Valley school district an extra $13 per student and cut funding for school buses.
Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that the state was about $2.2 billion short of the $88.5 billion income anticipated in the budget, forcing hundreds of millions of dollars more in cuts to the budget. Much of that will hit California colleges and universities, but local school districts will be hit, too.It could have been worse, said SRVUSD spokesman Terry Koehne.
"We set aside $5.7 million at the start of the school year in anticipation of what the trigger cuts might be, mid year," Koehne said. "The end result for us is a cut of about $665,000, and that's inclusive of the $13 per student cut as well as home to school transportation."
School transportation was cut $248 million as a result of the automatic budget reduction triggers approved earlier in the year by the state legislature.
The district runs school buses under its Traffix program, with money from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, because the buses reduce peak hour traffic to and from schools. Koehne said state money is part of the funding equation.
"We don't get much," he said, "but we get some and what we do get is being cut considerably."
Despite the district anticipating a worst-case scenario and socking away nearly $6 million, Koehne said the district has been given a six-month reprieve.
"The problem's not going way," Koehne said. "It's basically kicking the can further down the road."
He pointed out that the district is operating with 20 percent less than it did four years ago, and added school officials will again expect more cuts from the state.
"We're most likely have to budget for worst case scenario, which for us could mean another round of midyear budget cuts, so were going to have to set aside money again," Koehne said.