Sacramento City Unified Avoids Budget Cuts — For Now
The Sacramento City Unified Board of Education voted to reject $18 million in budget cuts on Thursday night. The Board will work with labor groups to identify potential savings and will revisit the cuts in February. By that time, the Board will have three new members.
Sacramento City Schools is facing a $56 million deficit by 2022-2023. The Sacramento Office of Education is expected to certify the budget as negative, according to the Sacramento Bee. Chief Business Officer Rose Ramos hopes the state’s outlook will improve enough to benefit the district.
“We have been hearing that the state is looking a lot better and passing on that funding to K-12,” Ramos said. “We don’t know what that looks like. We have an opportunity to recover enrollment and sufficiently restore the district’s fiscal stability. A lot of of this will be clarified in January 2021 when the governor proposes the budget for the year.”
The Board heard from parents and students before the vote who were deeply concerned about budget cuts, especially during the pandemic. Before the vote, principals and assistant principals from across the district offered to reduce their salaries by 2% to help avoid reductions and prevent a takeover by the state. They encouraged the superintendent and teachers to do the same.
Read more about the financial situation at Sacramento City Schools here.