LAFAYETTE — At a time when budget cuts have decimated school districts across the state, the Acalanes Union High School District school board approved a $52.5 million budget Wednesday with little fanfare or drama.
They have district voters to thank for that.
Measure A, a five-year, $112 annual parcel tax approved in May, will bring about $3.8 million in yearly revenue, according to officials, putting the district — which ran a $2.5 million general fund deficit last year — more than $300,000 in the black for 2010-11.
Approval of Measure A also allowed the district to rescind all the layoff notices given to teachers in March.
Between the district's two parcel taxes and contributions to parents clubs and foundations, nearly 25 percent of the district's revenue comes from the local community, something board President Vanessa Crews called extraordinary.
"So, thank you, community," she said.
One quirk of next year's budget projections is anticipated revenue from property taxes is more than anticipated funding from the state, which pushes the district into a category called a "basic aid" district. Such districts are allowed to keep the difference, about $500,000 for Acalanes.
But Christopher Learned, the district's associate superintendent for business services, cautioned the board not to overspend, because the district could slip out of basic aid status — and thus lose the extra money if property taxes fall below estimates or state funding increases.
"Things could absolutely change between now and when the state adopts its budget," he said.
Board members also decided against moving the district's office to the now-closed Del Oro continuation high school campus in Walnut Creek. The projected cost to relocate was slightly more than to expand the current offices, Learned said, and it would have been impractical to convert a classroom building into office space.
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