For the first time in three years, Chino Valley Unified board members approved their first interim report that indicates the district is fiscally stable for the current and two subsequent school years.
The district, however, hasn't budgeted any funding in the 2013-14 school year to administer the conversion to national Common Core State Standards, an initiative that seeks to bring curriculum into alignment.
"There are three big ticket items related to the implementation, professional development, instructional material and technology. That is something to keep in the back of our minds as we develop the budget for next year," said Sandra Chen, the district's assistant superintendent of business services.
"Unfortunately, many districts including Chino (Valley) are not certain of the dollar amount related to the implementation of Common Core."
Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math.
Having the same standards helps students receive a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state, according to the state Department of Education's website.
Teachers, parents and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace, according to the website.
"Right now, they're creating all sorts of new tests that our students will be taking online and on computers," said Vicki Broberg, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
"Right now, we don't know if it's going to mean we're using iPads, laptops or desktops.... When we start tests in the 2014-15 school year, our computers are obviously not new and our concern is how to budget for that."
The first interim report, which comes out in December, represents a district's financial status ending Oct. 31.
The second interim, which comes out in March, reflects the district's budget ending Jan. 31.
Districts each year are required by the state to submit first and second interim reports that reflect their financial status for next three school years to their county Board of Education and the state Department of Education.
Districts that can't meet the requirements must submit a third interim report.
The reports must be submitted as either positive, which means the district will be able to meet its financial responsibilities; qualified, which means it may be able to meet its fiscal responsibility; or negative, meaning it is not fiscally stable.
Chino Valley Unified's 2013-14 budget does not include nurses, counselors, elementary music and adult education as well as a list of classified positions.
Earlier this year, board members approved the items and positions for the 2012-13 school year only.
The board will continue discussing other budget items as well as the Common Core standards at its January study session.
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