The Novato Unified School District announced that it will hold a Community Budget Question and Answer evening on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 5:30-6:30 pm in the District Board Room, 1015 Seventh Street, Novato.
In September of 2017, the Superintendent formed a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) to support the Superintendent and the District in determining recommendations for budget solutions to bring the District’s 2018-2019 budget into alignment. In March, the Board approved the Committee’s recommendations along with $500,000 in staffing savings due to declining enrollment for a total of $2 million in reductions for the 2018-2019 budget. The Committee’s work can be found at https://nusd.org/committees/budget-advisory-committee/.
NUSD is currently confronting a structural operating deficit. This structural budget deficit is primarily caused by two factors:
- Declining enrollment, caused by declining birth rates in Marin County
- State imposed rising contribution rates for state pensions (STRS/PERS)