ENCINITAS — The San Dieguito Union High School District recently adopted an $86.7 million operating budget that boost the district’s reserves by nearly $6 million.
The board voted 4-1 to approve the budget, with trustee Maureen Muir casting the lone dissenting vote. Muir said the budget falls short of adding counselors and reducing class sizes, two items that she campaigned on in 2014 and has advocated for during her half year on the board.
The $86.7 million budget calls for the district to increase spending by about $3 million from the previous school year, including increasing certificated salaries by about $1.3 million and classified salaries by about $861,000.
The increases are offset by a $10 million anticipated increase in revenue during the upcoming school year, including a projected $6 million increase in property tax revenues and $6.5 million in other state income, which offsets a loss of $2 million decrease in federal and local income.
The resulting surplus will be added to the $15 million reserves, boosting the total to $21 million.