ANTIOCH -- With an eager eye toward what might happen in the November election, Antioch school trustees approved a budget this week that includes four additional counseling positions.
The district's $133.6 million spending plan, which includes about $6.3 million in deficit spending, calls for 12.4 high school and middle school counselor positions next year. That number is actually up from last year, despite all of those holding positions receiving pink slips in the spring.
Individual school site budgets and projected future district cuts set as "place holders" helped free up funds for the positions, Superintendent Donald Gill said.
"This was a way to fulfill the board's strong desire, and really all of our desire, to keep counselors at the school sites and helping students," he said.
Antioch Unified's general fund revenue is about $127.2 million, about $6.3 million less than it received from the state last year.
During a presentation at Wednesday's meeting, Tim Forrester, associate superintendent of business services, pointed out that the amount of revenue Antioch receives from the state hinges on a November tax extension plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Antioch will receive $5,244 for each student in the upcoming school year. If the state tax measure fails, it will receive $4,789, which represents about a $7.8 million hit in cuts, Forrester said.
"So, basically the election would allow us to remain stable," trustee Claire Smith said.
Before the budget's adoption, board President Diane Gibson-Gray called for workshops to be held during the year with trustees, labor groups and other interested stakeholders.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.