CONCORD -- To cheers and applause, the Mt. Diablo school board on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $1.1 million to restore hours for clerical, secretarial and technical employees that were previously cut.

In addition, trustees restored about $744,000 in funding for after-school sports and agreed to bring back four elementary principals in schools with more than 700 students at a cost of $446,830. The restorations totaled more than $2.3 million and brought home the message that the state's new education funding formula is making a difference in local schools.

Although the district has not yet unveiled its draft accountability plan required by the state, Superintendent Nellie Meyer hinted at other changes in the works, including the restoration of counselors. Trustee Linda Mayo said she would also like to see elementary music and library hours restored.