Budget Big Ideas

Message from the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board:

Due to reductions in state education aid, the school board directed the superintendent  to develop proposals which will level fund school spending without affecting programs and educational opportunities for students. Proposals for changes to our schools were made to the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board on Wednesday, Nov. 15th. To review the budget proposals, please view the powerpoint here.


To meet the $1.6 million needed to avoid a tax increase, the Board determined the amount of cuts required to meet this number would significantly reduce the educational opportunities for students. Many of our elementary school student- to- teacher ratios are low and enrollment has been decreasing. Class ratio is an area where savings could be found and educational opportunities could be maintained or increased. These proposals generate a potential reduction of $769,000, approaching a level budget. After brainstorming a variety of plans, only a few viable options can work with the existing buildings and the number of students we have.


The board must consider all viable options that conform to its overall mission and educational goals as well as our communities’ ability to financially support education. Now that these options have been presented, the Board’s next step is to bring them to the public to gain feedback. The board wishes to listen to parent and taxpayer input  prior to any final decision.


We will be holding forums about these budget proposals on Nov 30th and Dec. 5 at 6:30 pm in the large cafeteria at Otter Valley UHS.


We need to come together as an Otter Valley Unified Union District to establish an educational model that benefits all students and staff and is sustainable for taxpayers. We hope you will participate, please attend a forum or send us comments using Let’s Talk, a button on the district and school websites.



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