CHINO - The Chino Valley Unified school board approved nearly $20 million in cuts in February 2012.

A year later, board members will consider the restoration of up to $10 million in programs and positions thanks to the passage of Proposition 30.

Superintendent Wayne Joseph has presented board members with a list of 18 items totaling $10 million that he recommends be restored in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

Many of Joseph's recommendations are supported in the district's budget through the end of this school year.

"The restoration list that I'm recommending is emblematic of my values and my priorities ... All the restorations are either for this year or next year. They are not farther than next year and that is purposely done," Joseph said.

Board members will vote on or discuss Joseph's proposals at its Feb. 7 meeting.

Chino Valley Unified has a $24 million surplus in its projected unappropriated ending balance for the 2014-15 school year.

"I was tempted to ask the board to restore things longer than one year, but I pulled back because I said we really don't know what is going to happen," Joseph said.

The recommendations include increasing the work year by five days for high school assistant principals, eliminating furloughs for management employees and restoring board stipends by 5 percent.

Joseph's restoration proposals for the 2013-14 school year include keeping 20 assistant principals at elementary schools, 15 school nurses, 23 high school counselors and seven intervention counselors at junior high schools.

Transportation for seventh through 12th graders from home-to-school as well as athletic and band competition will also be restored.

Last year, the board was in a different position as they were forced to eliminate many of the same programs and positions that were brought before them to be restored Tuesday by Joseph at a budget study session.

In a very emotional meeting in early February 2012, Chino Valley Unified board members approved $19.6 million in budget reductions. Parents, students, educators and employees - some who shed tears - made their case against the budget cuts prior to the board vote.

But the district - for the first time in a while - started this year without cuts, said Sandra Chen, district assistant superintendent of business services.

In December, board members approved a positive first interim report, which indicates the district's fiscal stability for the current and next two school years. It was also the first time in three years the district had a positive fiscal report.

Board members were cautioned though by Chen about some funds being taken away in the near future. A charter school may open in the district and the implementation of new Common Core State Standards may cost $5 million to execute.

"Proposition 30 passing didn't take money away nor did it give us new money, but it did allow us to go back and scrutinize what items the board may want to restore to the budget," Chino Valley Unified spokeswoman Julie Gobin said.

If Proposition 30 failed, the district would have had a negative ending balance of $15 million in its 2014-15 budget, officials said.

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