On Tuesday, June 23, the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) gathered for a special meeting and voted unanimously that the 2020-21 academic school year would begin on Monday, Aug. 3.

There was a preliminary budget presentation on what the SBCUSD may look like for the next academic school year.

Due to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Senate's ongoing budget negotiations, there were more questions than answers.

What district officials could say was that a state budget agreement on Monday, June 22, would allow school districts, including SBCUSD, to defer cash from the state for 2019-20 and 2020-21 to later academic years. Under these plans, the district would be deferring $50 million from June 2020 to July 2020 and $223.6 million for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 to Fiscal Year 2021-22. The state would allow the district up to $9.19 billion in deferrals. Approximately $5 billion of those deferrals could be rescinded if the federal government provides additional funding.

President Donald Trump told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, June 23, he was open to another stimulus package, yet no details had been provided at the time this article was published.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, SBCUSD received “one-time funding,” of $55.4 million for the 2019-20 academic school year from the federal government’s CARES Act and Coronavirus Relief bills passed by Congress earlier this year to offset some of the costs the district had to absorb to transition to digital learning due to Newsom’s order to close all school sites due to the pandemic.

The board will hold another special meeting on Tuesday, June 30, to further discuss the district's budget and possibly vote on it, depending on what happens in Sacramento.

Redlands Unified School District Board of Education also has a special meeting scheduled for June 30 to discuss instruction models for 2020-21 school year.

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