Sweetwater Union High School District passes revised budget

Posted at 11:18 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 12:38:04-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - The Sweetwater Union High School District Board unanimously passed a revised and balanced budget for the 2018-2019 school year.

It comes after they discovered a $30 million accounting mistake. The budget did not take into account staff raises.

The budget changes are a combination of spending freezes, furloughs, as well as money received from education grants and funds.

The revised budget freezes several positions currently open.

It also puts district officials on furlough days. 

“Based on your level of management we’re asking for different days there. So it’s a scale based on your positions. Our superintendent, for example, is gonna be doing ten furlough days this year,” Manny Rubio, a district spokesman, said.

The district also worked with the unions, so teachers will give up two so-called ‘training days,’ which are paid, non-classroom days.

The budget also touches on other cost-saving measures, including energy conservation strategies, consolidating summer school sites and cutting back on faculty travel expenses.

The budget will head to the San Diego County Office of Education, which has until Nov. 8 to approve it.