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NEWS RELEASE - San Diego Unified Formally Adopts 2019-20 Budget

NEWS RELEASE - San Diego Unified Formally Adopts 2019-20 Budget
Posted on 06/26/2019

San Diego Unified School District

Immediate Release

San Diego Unified Formally Adopts 2019-20 Budget: More Money for Teacher Salaries, Student Wellness, Safety and Enrichment Programs

SAN DIEGO (June 25, 2019) - The San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees formally adopted the 2019-20 budget proposal and funding priorities on Tuesday. The budget of more than $1.3 billion reflects strategies developed with stakeholders and partners for the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The budget plan defines how the district will prioritize funding in keeping with guiding principles outlined in the LCAP.

The district's budget reflects programs that show a positive impact on student achievement, and focuses funding toward student wellness and safety. The budget includes a 3.7 percent salary increase for San Diego Unified teachers under a tentative contract agreement with the San Diego Education Association. The pay raise would push the top salary for teachers to above the $100,000 level for the first time. The contract agreement recognizes the high cost of living in the San Diego region, as well as the cost-of-living adjustment school districts could receive under the first budget from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“This pay increase will allow students to continue receiving the high-quality instruction our professional educators provide every day. At the same time, it will make it easier for our teachers to be able to live in the communities they serve, surrounded by the students they support,” said Superintendent Cindy Marten. “Even as districts across the state face increased budget pressure, I am proud of the fact that San Diego Unified has been able to maintain a collaborative relationship with those representing our professional educators, administrators, and support staff.”

The district seeks to direct as much money possible to classroom enrichment programs, and visual and performing arts programs, while living within budgetary means as defined in its three-year budget plan. The budget also includes additional special education teachers in order to maintain the 20:1 student- to-teacher ratio, along with enhanced counseling resources at schools with concentrated services geared toward student wellness and mental health. Additionally, there are no staff lay-offs, outside usual operating staff turn-around. Employee benefits will remain fully maintained. The district's 2019-20 budget must be submitted to the County Office of Education by July 1, 2019.

Funding priorities for the 2019-20 budget include:

  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Safety
  • Mental Health
  • Safe, Collaborative and Inclusive Environments
  • Vision 2020
  • Professional Development
  • K-3 Literacy
  • Elementary Enrichment
  • Language Immersion Programs
  • Student and Staff Wellness
  • High Quality Preschools

Media Contact: Maureen Magee, Communications Director, San Diego Unified School District, [email protected]