By Richard Bammer
The 4.3 temblor Thursday forced Vacaville Unified leaders to suspend their board meeting for five minutes, but, nearly an hour before the 8 p.m. quake, the governing heard the school district’s chief business officer say Gov. Jerry Brown’s “May revise” budget was “very positive” news for local schools.
Saying she attended Tuesday’s School Services of California meeting, Jane Shamieh told the seven trustees that the governor’s updated state budget for 2015-16 included several billion more in revenues than was projected in January, when his budget was first announced. Most of the money, nearly $5 billion, will be earmarked for K-12 schools, Shamieh said during the meeting in the Educational Services Center.
Standing at the lectern and often smiling as she spoke, Shamieh noted that the increased revenues, brought on by increased property values and Proposition 30, means that “Proposition 98 funding has gone up,” from $66.3 billion in 2014-15 to $68.4 billion for the coming fiscal year. Proposition 98 requires a minimum percentage of the state budget to be spent on K-12 education.