The Pleasanton Unified School District is slated to receive about $4.2 million from the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This would be in addition to about $2.1 million the district would also receive for special education.
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Luz Cazares is expected to update the school board on the state of the budget at its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the district board room.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced preliminary allocations of $2.56 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds would be would be available for public education, and that an additional $1.1 billion would be available in the fall.
Myla Grasso, spokeswoman for PUSD, said they are unsure when the money would come to the district, since the state is running behind. Funds for special education were supposed to have been received in March and it's still not available.
Unlike the special education dollars, however, Grasso said there don't appear to be categorical restrictions on how the money would be used, except to save jobs and provide new and innovative programs.
The $4,244,533 to be received is said to be an estimate at this time.
"It is important to note that this is one-time money, and there is no expectation that the federal government will continue this type of support for schools," she said. "Most professional organizations are recommending that school districts be very cautious in how they use these funds, particularly as the downturn in school funding is expected to last three to five years."
Two upcoming elections have potential to impact funding to public education. The first is for state propositions 1A to 1F on May 19, and the second is over the parcel tax, Measure G, on June 2.
"The independent Legislative Analyst's Office is estimating the potential shortfall for the state budget at up to $20 billion for this year and next," Grasso said in a statement.
The district's budget would need to be approved before June 30, Grasso said, so she expects those discussions to take place in early June.