PUSD expects over $2M hit to budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool via CalMatters)

Supt. Randall Booker sent the following email to PUSD families on May 14, the day Governor Newsom announced his May revision to the state’s budget:

“This afternoon, Governor Newsom outlined his May Revision to the California Budget.  The proposed budget is now off to the state legislature for discussion/debate/approval prior to July 1st.  We anticipate that there will be adjustments between now (the May Revise) and the Adopted State Budget.

While we are still working through the details of the May Revise and its effect on the PUSD budget, we anticipate that it will cause, as anticipated, over $2M in deficit.  As we learn more details, we will collaborate with district/site administrators, bargaining groups, and the Board of Education to develop a budget reduction plan that addresses the deficit and builds a balanced budget for 20-21.  This will not be an easy task and like all school districts across the state, there will be difficult decisions ahead of us.  

The timeline for these decisions is short, as we are required to develop and adopt a budget by June 24th.  I anticipate that the district will deliver a 1st draft of a budget reduction plan to the Board of Education for review at the May 27th Board Meeting.  This will allow the district to incorporate this planning into the overall budget as it comes before the Board for adoption in late June.”

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