Chico Unified School District has adopted a single-budget adoption process which requires by statute a school district to conduct its public hearing and adopt its final budget by July 1 of each year (Ed Code Section 42127 as amended by AB2861, AB2185 and AB1200).  The single budget adoption process also requires CUSD to revise and make available for public review, within 45 days of the Governor signing the State Budget, any revisions in revenue and expenditures that reflect the funding made available by the State Budget Act.  This process is an ongoing function, addressed by both the Board and Administration, with specific activities calendared throughout the fiscal year.  The statutes are intended to provide the community an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed spending plan for the coming year.

Legal Requirements for School District Budget
  • Education Code Section 42122 specifies that budgets must show  a complete plan and itemized statement of all proposed expenditures of the school district and of all estimated revenues for the fiscal year.
  • Education Code Section 42123 authorized the Superintendent of Public Instruction to prescribe forms for school district budgets.
  • Education Code Section 42600 specifies that school districts may not spend more than authorized in the adopted Final Budget as adjusted during the fiscal year.
Basic Elements of the Budget
  • REVENUE - Income and how much the District earns. 
  • EXPENDITURES - How much the District spends.
  • RESERVE - Mandatory 3%
Where Does A School District Get Revenue?
The District receives revenue from a number of sources:
  • Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
  • Federal Revenue
  • Other State Revenue
  • Other Local Revenue
Glossary of Terms