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PUSD Board Approves Interim Budget Report

The second interim budget report of the school year details the district’s finances and presents projected budgets for the next two school years.

The Poway Unified School District’s Board of Education was presented with an interim budget report at its meeting Monday night, detailing the district’s finances for 2011-2012 and projected budgets for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

The report was presented to the board by Associate Superintendent Malliga Tholandi, and reflected the current budget and actual revenues and expenditures as of Jan. 31, 2012.

According to the report, the district’s total revenue for 2011-2012 is $251,597,455, while total expenditures and transfers out is $259,229,347. Salaries and benefits accounted for 84 percent of PUSD’s spending. Certified employees accounted for 56 percent of the $213,817,775 spent on salaries and benefits; classified employees accounted for 20 percent; and benefits 24 percent.

Tholandi’s report included projected budgets for the next two school years, which included figures for possible cuts of $7,500,000 in 2012-2013 and $30,000,000 in 2013-2014. She said that the county directed that projected budgets are to assume the “worst-case scenario” regarding potential ballot initiatives in November.

“Meaning that tax initiatives in November do not get on the ballot or are not voted in, in which case the state is looking at $6.9 billion from that tax initiative,” Tholandi said. “Translating that to our budget is $370 per child that we are projecting not getting.

“We have also included the transportation cut that the governor re-instated for this year. We are assuming a similar cut for the next year, until we hear different. And that’s about $84 per child.”

The Board of Education approved the interim financial report unanimously.

The next step in the budget process will come in May, when Gov. Jerry Brown releases the revised 2012-2013 budget. On June 18, the board will be presented with the 2012-2013 budget for adoption.

In other business from Monday’s meeting:

•The final annual financial and performance audit of the PUSD Proposition C Bond Building Fund was accepted. The audit reports on financial statements; internal control over financial reporting, including compliance; and performance. There were no findings in the audits, which sampled contracts to verify compliance with bid requirements, board approvals, contract terms and change order approvals. The Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Proposition C will disband after the term expires on June 30.

•The board approved the first step in a two-step process to notify a classified employee that their job has been eliminated. The layoff of a supervising human resources analyst is the result of a re-organization and re-staffing of the personnel commission.

•The board approved a contingency fee contract with a law firm to represent PUSD in a dispute with an insurance company regarding a March 2010 traffic collision between a district school bus and a vehicle near Creekside Elementary School. No students were aboard the bus, which cost $24,112 to repair.

The bus driver and a witness say the other driver pulled in front of the bus while making an illegal U-turn. The other driver says the bus tried to illegally pass their vehicle by driving into the on-coming traffic lane.

Allstate insurance paid 50 percent of the repair estimate, $9,885.61, while the district wants the company to cover all expenses, including towing and loss-of-use of the school bus. PUSD believes that Allstate owes the district $47,768.49.  

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