Maxwell Unified adopts $4.1 million budget

The Maxwell Unified School District Board of Trustees last week approved its $4.1 million budget and Local Control Accountability Plan for the 2018-19 school year.

About $3.8 million of the general fund budget comes from LCAP revenue, district officials said.

The school board voted 4-0 to adopt the budget, which allocates about $1.4 million to certificated teachers, $612,000 to classified staff, and $646,000 to employee benefits.
The board’s adoption of the budget on June 14 came the same day the State Legislature adopted its budget.

The state’s $200 billion budget provides $78.4 billion through Proposition 98, the primary source of spending for K-12 and community colleges. That total is $3.9 billion (5.2 percent) more than last year, according to Ed Source.

Assemblyman James Gallagher, Republican-Yuba City, who voted against the budget, said Friday that while state spending is up $46 billion since the start of the Brown Administration, the mostly Democrat-led Legislature has continued to ignore long term pension debt that is on track to crush taxpayers, schools, and local government, and that this year’s state budget did not provide the funding needed for special education programs throughout the state.

Maxwell Unified Business Director Danielle Wilson said the district’s budget did include the Career Technical Education Grant, which funds Maxwell’s FFA and shop programs, which the state reallocated for another year.

The district will no longer receive Forest Reserve Funding, which was money allocated to districts and counties whose logging industry was forced out by federal ownership of forest land, which had already dwindled greatly over the years.

“It dropped last year to about $2,000 from what it used to be,” Wilson said. “It almost paid for a teacher, but we will no longer be receiving that.”

Wilson said the Average Daily Attendance is not expected to be much different in 2018-19 than it was this year, as she anticipates about 20 kids will enter kindergarten in the fall to replace the seniors who just graduated.

About 327 students are enrolled in the district, she said.

Superintendent Zach Thurman said that Maxwell Unified will continue to serve students through a strong standards-based curriculum, and strive to provide a broad course of study for all students from a highly qualified staff, while working towards full implementation of the California state standards, which are key features of this year’s LCAP.

The District also plans to focus on improving school climate.

Thurman and the school board also expressed a desire to talk about offering Advanced Placement classes at the high school.