The budget solution process is complete for the 2020-21 school year. We would like to thank the entire Vista community for your active engagement and feedback during the LCAP community forums, digital surveys and school board meetings. Together we remain united in keeping our focus on students at the center of all decisions. The documents below will serve as a culminating archive of the budget solutions process. These budget solutions were completed by the school board over the course of three board meetings - November 4, 6, and 14, 2019. 

As a result, the board has met its obligation to identify $13.3 million in total budget solutions to report to the San Diego County Office of Education. The official First Interim Budget report was presented to the school board on December 12, 2019. As discussed during the budget solutions meetings, the board will utilize the final budget solutions documents below to restore staff and resources (stuff) as funding becomes available. 

The San Diego County Office of Education has completed their review of the First Interim Report from Vista Unified. They have confirmed the data in the report and approved the report with the status of a qualified budget. Please review the official letter below. 

Mid-Year Budget Solutions 2019-20 The mid-year budget solution process was completed on January 30, 2020.  Based on budget challenges identified during the first half of the school year, the board made approximately $5.5 million in mid-year reductions to the unrestricted budget. The majority of the mid-year budget solutions ($3.9 million) were focused at the district office. The principals played a central role in this process in order to minimize the impact of the budget solutions at the school level ($1.6 million). The majority of the solutions were not reductions, but, rather, budget shifts from unrestricted to restricted funding sources. Please find below the presentation used for the mid-year budget solution process and the itemization of the budget reductions.
It is important to note that the need for mid-year budget solutions is due to the low budget reserve level (currently just over the minimum required level of 3%). The board will be working with the Superintendent to slowly raise the level of budget reserves so that unforeseen impacts on the budget during the year (i.e. low attendance rate due to increased absenteeism) do not cause the district to reduce programs and services in mid-year.
Mid-Year Budget Solutions Presentation 2019-20
Mid-Year Budget Solution Worksheet 2019-20