Covina-Valley USD Passes $109 Million Budget
Significant Cuts from State Expected
The Board of Education of the Covina Valley Unified School District passed a $109 million General
Fund budget for the 2009-10 school year at their regular meeting on June 23rd. Due to severe cuts
in State funding, the District anticipates spending $6.2 million less than in the 2008-09 school year.
The anticipated receipt of $10.6 million in one-time only Federal stimulus funding (American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act – ARRA) will only offset for one year the $9.6 million in ongoing
cuts that the District has suffered from Sacramento.
The 2008-09 year has been disastrous for K-12 funding in the Total Cuts to C-V USD:
state of California. School Districts have suffered the worst cuts
ever, losing 10% of their revenue limit funding (the District’s
main source of funding, making up approximately 73% of its Revenue Limit $7.9
revenues). For C-V USD, this means a cut of over $7.9 million. Categoricals 1.7
In addition, the District has seen its categorical program funding Total $9.6
(for such programs as GATE, Counseling, Educational
Technology, etc.) cut 20%. Ongoing
In addition to these State-inflicted cuts, the District is also dealing with the financial effects of
declining enrollment. District student count has decreased 810 students over the last three years,
or 6%. For just the 2009-10 school year this is a $1 million hit to revenues.
The District has been proactive in dealing with declining
enrollment and State budget cuts. Over the last three years the C-V USD’s Federal Stimulus
District has identified and implemented over $11.3 million in (millions)
budget reductions, including major staff reductions, increases in
class sizes, cut backs in services, a freeze on all supply and State Stabilization $ 6.0
equipment expenditures except for what is absolutely necessary Special Ed 3.5
for the classroom, and other cuts. The District implemented an Title I 1.1
early retirement program in the spring of 2008 to encourage Total $10.6
retirement and save money through staff attrition. Employees One Time Only
have also agreed to contribute more towards their health and
In addition to these cuts, the District has implemented “flexibility” newly allowed by the State
Legislature including sweeping Adult Education and other categorical funding into the Unrestricted
General Fund, as well as increasing class size in K-3 CSR classrooms from 20 to 22:1.
Moreover, the District Board of Education in April agreed with its Citizens Community Facilities
Committee recommendation to close two elementary schools in the fall.
Even with all of these proactive measures, based upon current projections from the State, the
District still anticipates being in the red (having a negative fund balance) at the end of fiscal 2011,
unless further reductions are made or revenues identified. The District will now look at further cuts,
including possible furlough days, pay cuts, modification of health and welfare plans, and other
At the time of the District’s budget, no resolution on the State’s 2009-10 budget had been reached.
The District will continue to monitor the situation closely, but cannot wait for overdue legislators to
take action. As always, we will carefully consider our options and do what needs to be done to
continue to offer the outstanding educational services to our students that our community expects
and our students deserve.
For additional information on the District’s 2009-10 budget, please contact Susan Cross Hume,
CPA, CIA at 626-974-7000 ext. 2120, or email her at email@example.com. Additional
information is also available on the District’s website www.cvusd.k12.ca.us.
The Covina-Valley Unified School District educates 14,000 students grades K-12 in the
communities of Covina, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas and Irwindale. We provide our
students a strong academic program, as well as a wide array of leadership, co-curricular, and
sports activities, in a safe, caring, community-oriented environment. For more information call
626-974-7600 or visit www.cvusd.k12.ca.us.