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By Stephanie Lai

TVUSD closes deficit gap to $6 million


Last updated 6/28/2018 at 5:42pm

Temecula Valley Unified School District administrators have managed to trim down a $14.3 million deficit to a projected $6 million by 2019-20.

According to the TVUSD website, financial reductions were made in the amount of almost $11 million. In their second year of budget reductions, TVUSD has taken cost-prevention actions such as installing solar panels to lower energy usage and costs. While combating a changing Local Control Funding Formula and increased retirement and pension contribution rates, the district has no intentions on reducing the number of certificated employees for this school year, district spokeswoman Diana Diamond-White said.

As of the 2017-18 school year, TVUSD saw an increase in funding for the Local Control Accountability Plan because of the funding issued by Governor Brown, Diamond-White said.

As a result, the district recommended hiring a student behavioral counselor, physical education teacher and performing arts teacher along with assistants for the elementary school level positions that were under consideration of reduction the previous year. For example, the district increased one K-5 literary specialist position, Diamond-White said.

In addition, the district increased English language arts specialists for the middle school level.

Through careful reviewing of accountability plan survey feedback, stakeholder meetings and regional community meetings, TVUSD administrators have identified several areas of top priority to abide by the LCAP goals: safety and security, facilities and restrooms, textbooks and technology, performing arts, physical education, chronic absenteeism and social and emotional support.

The increased positions are intended to increase access to multitiered systems of support, increase student achievement and provide all TVUSD increased LCAP support.

Stephanie Lai can be reached by email at [email protected]


Reader Comments

tucalota writes:

Why is TVUSD educating all the new children moving into Wildomar, Murrieta and Menifee? The cities all grabbed developer dollars and threw up new homes every where. They couldn't wait to get tax dollars. But who is paying for all these children to be educated? They all advertise Temecula Schools or Temecula School District when it is no where near the City limits of Temecula. These cities should have planned for their own schools and made their own school districts. They need to pay for theirown


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