The $280 million budget of the Twin Rivers Unified School District may be kept under the microscope.
Twin Rivers received a “qualified certification” from the California Department of Education. This rating is given to districts that can show a balanced budget for two of three fiscal years (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11). All districts within Sacramento County received this rating.
While lawmakers still argue over a budget, Twin Rivers says they have already taken steps to address their fiscal needs. These include reducing management by 18% and eliminating unfilled positions.
Twin Rivers Superintendent Frank Porter urges the community to stay positive, saying:
The budget picture for the next few years will likely remain dismal. However, the talent, commitment and quality of our classified staff, teachers, community and administrators is unlimited. We will all need to work together in order to do our best for our students.
Twin Rivers may be going through the same fiscal strain as other districts. Still, it is refreshing to see them continue to provide programs to the community such as summer school and subsidized lunch.
At least one district in the north area knows how to spend wisely.