SAN DIEGO–Completing her first year as superintendent, the San Diego Unified Board of Trustees is poised to approve Cindy Marten’s $1.2 billion “students first” spending plan Tuesday night.
“When the Board hired me last year, my task was to reevaluate every dollar to ensure we are focusing expenditures on proven methods to create quality schools in every neighborhood, improve student achievement and close the achievement gap,” said Marten.
Despite lingering effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the 2014-15, $1.2 billion operating budget has no layoffs, reduces class sizes in lower grades, redirects staffing to classrooms, implements Common Core and focuses on English-language learners.
“I have always believed that however much money we have, in both good times and bad, we have a responsibility to improve the quality of education while serving as good stewards and promoting student achievement,” she said. “I am confident that we will meet the needs of our students and support our educators and employees, while living within our means.”
The San Diego Unified Board of Trustees will act tonight on the proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. today on June 24 at the Eugene Brucker Education Center Auditorium, 4100 Normal St. The meeting is open to the public.