(Brawley) The Brawley Elementary School Board adopted the 2012-12 budget. The budget will run an unrestricted operational deficit of $-1,159,132 if the November initiative funding schools doesnâ€™t pass.
Leslie Marshall, director of finances, reminded the board of last yearâ€™s roller coaster ride of being denied state funding and then eventually receiving the funds. They were told that certain bad economic triggers that would cut funding, yet despite the downturn the funds were restored to the district.
This year, Governor Brown has put an initiative on the November ballot to raise taxes on taxpayers with the biggest burden falling on the higher earners. With Proposition 30 passing, Governor Brown plans to fund education and public safety, without the passage, drastic cuts will be instituted.
The board voted 5-0 to support Proposition 30, also called the Local Public Safety Protection Act along with Proposition 38, Our Children Our Future: Local Schools and Early Education Investment Act. Â This measure raises personal income taxes on most California taxpayers from 2013 through 2024. The revenues raised by this tax increase would be spent on public schools, child care and preschool programs, and state debt payments.
Superintendent Ron Garcia introduced Brian Oâ€™Donnell the new principal for Barbara Worth Junior High. The 6â€™5â€ principal spent last week on the junior high campus but didnâ€™t officially start work until Tuesday. He comes from being a principal at North County Trade Technical High School of the Vista Unified School District.
â€œI am excited to be here,â€ Oâ€™Donnell said, â€œI am looking forward to getting to know the students and staff.â€