CHRIS EVANS, SUPERINTENDENT
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► State Education Code requires districts to adopt a budget by July 1st of each year.
► Each year’s budget requires that every district can show fiscal solvency for the current year, plus two additional
years. This is often referred to as a Multi-Year budget projection.
► Districts are also required to keep a mandatory minimum reserve each year. Natomas Unified is required to keep
no less than 3% of its total expenditures every year.
► At the end of the 2011-12 school year, Natomas Unified had a 29% reserve. The money from this reserve is being
utilized to make up for reduced revenues imposed by the State.
► The reserve is anticipated to be exhausted during the 2014-2015 school year.
► If NUSD had only maintained the minimum reserve, the District would be short $2.3 million in 2012-2013 and $8.4
million in 2013-2014.
► In 2011-2012, 86% of the District’s unrestricted resources were utilized in salary and benefits.
► Without the reserve to utilize in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, the District would have to lay off additional staff, cut
programs, and would be under threat of a State take-over.
► Without the reserve, the Pre-K-12 International Baccalaureate Program would not be possible.
► The District will have a Qualified Budget for 2012-13, meaning that the District will be solvent through 2013-2014.
► As a result of a sufficient reserve, the District is no longer mandated to have a County Fiscal Advisor (Annual Salary:
$70,000). In addition, the District will have the necessary time to work with the community and other stakeholders to
determine the best course of action to remain fiscally solvent.
► NUSD is offering new programs in the years ahead, including:
Pre-K-12 International Baccalaureate Program
Full Day Kindergarten with Instructional Assistants in the classroom.
Increased support for schools with achievement growth needed.
Implementation of a Regional Occupational Program (ROP), such as Automotive Technology and Culinary Arts.
The graph highlights the estimated General Fund Reserve over the
next three years. The large deficits are the result of the District ex-
pecting its revenues to be cut, which would result in NUSD being
entitled to a per-pupil funding allocation comparable to 2005-2006.
Depending on the outcome of Prop. 30, the Dis-
trict will receive either an estimated 22% (if it
passes), or an estimated 29% reduction (if it
fails). A 29% cut is equivalent to the District
being funded based on 2003-2004 per pupil
funding. Stated differently, it’s as if the District
would receive no funding for staff, supplies, or
any operating costs from about mid March
through the end of the year for all schools.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Natomas Unified School District Lisa Kaplan, President
Superintendent’s Office Jules Tran, Vice President
1901 Arena Blvd. Susan Heredia, Clerk
Sacramento, CA 95834 Teri Burns
Connecting students to their future