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Escondido Union HSD  |  AR  3100  Business and Noninstructional Operations


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The district budget shall be prepared annually from the best possible estimates that individual schools and district administrative staff can provide. Appropriate consolidation shall occur as the budget progresses through the various levels of review.

The district budget shall show a complete plan and itemized statement of all proposed expenditures, and all estimated revenues for the following fiscal year, together with a comparison of revenues and expenditures for the current fiscal year. The budget shall also include the appropriations limit and the total annual appropriations. (Education Code 42122)

The district budget shall be developed in accordance with standards and criteria adopted by the State Board of Education. (Education Code 33127, 33129; 5 CCR 15440-15452)

(cf. 3460 - Financial Reports and Accountability)

Before adopting the budget for the subsequent fiscal year, the Governing Board shall hold a public hearing. An agenda for this hearing shall be posted at least 72 hours before the hearing and shall indicate the location where the budget may be inspected. The proposed budget shall be available for public inspection at least three working days before this hearing. (Education Code 42103, 42127)

The Superintendent or designee shall notify the County Superintendent of Schools of the location, dates, and times at which the proposed budget may be inspected, as well as the location, date and time of the public hearing, in sufficient time for the County Superintendent to publish such information in a newspaper of general circulation at least 10 days but not more than 45 days before the hearing as required by Education Code 42103.

During the hearing, any district resident may speak to the proposed budget or any item in the budget. The hearing may conclude when all residents who so desire have had the opportunity to be heard. (Education Code 42103)

(cf. 9320 - Meetings)

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

The Superintendent or designee shall file the adopted budget with the County Superintendent of Schools no later than five days after adoption or by July 1, whichever occurs first. The budget and supporting data shall be maintained and made available for public review. (Education Code 42127)

(cf. 1340 - Access to District Records)

No later than 45 days after the Governor signs the annual Budget Act, the Superintendent or designee shall make available for public review any revisions in budgeted revenues and expenditures which are consequently necessary. (Education Code 42127)

Budget Review Committee for Disapproved Budgets

If the district's budget is disapproved by the County Superintendent for any reason other than his/her disapproval of the district's local control and accountability plan (LCAP) or annual update to the LCAP, the budget shall be reviewed by a budget review committee, unless the Board and County Superintendent agree to wait the requirement and the California Department of Education accepts the waiver. (Education Code 42127)

This committee shall consist of either: (Education Code 42127.1, 42127.2)

1. Three persons selected by the Board from a list of candidates provided by the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), who shall be selected within five working days after receiving the list of candidates

2. A regional review committee convened by the County Superintendent with the approval of the Board.

If the budget review committee recommends disapproval of the district budget, the Board may submit a response to the SPI no later than five working days after receipt of the committee's report. The response may include any revisions to the adopted final budget and any other proposed actions to be taken as a result of the committee's recommendations. (Education Code 42127.3)

If the SPI disapproves the district budget after reviewing the committee's report and the district's response, the Board shall consult with the County Superintendent as he/she develops and adopts, by December 31, a fiscal plan and budget that will allow the district to meet its financial obligations. For the current fiscal year, the district shall operate in accordance with the budget adopted by the County Superintendent. (Education Code 42127.3)

Until the district receives approval of its budget, it shall continue to operate either on the basis of the prior year's budget or on the basis of the current year's unapproved budget as adopted and revised by the Board, whichever budget contains a lower total spending authority. (Education Code 42127.4)


approved: December 8, 2015 Escondido, California