The SMMUSD has total revenue of $100,088,426 with expenditures of $112,437,985 leaving the District with a $12.3 million deficit.

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1. Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s 2016/2017 Budget

2. News Article Concerning the SMMUSD’s $12.3 Million Dollar Deficit




School Board update on latest budget plan

For the 2016 – 2017 school year, SMMUSD has total revenue of $100,088,426 with expenditures of $112,437,985 leaving the district with a $12.3 million deficit.

According to the presentation, 86% of the budget goes to SMMUSD employees costs including salaries and benefits. Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, SMMUSD provided a combined salary schedule increase in excess of 8%. Health and welfare costs have increased between 5% and 6% each year. Lastly pension costs continue to increase and will exceed 19% and 24% by 2020.

Now because we have the inefficient administrative performance, we have to cut, cut and cut.” said Santa Monica Resident Berenice Onofre.

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Transparent California released data which shows that employees of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are overpaid by as much as 40 percent.

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Transparent California is a tax-exempt Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), which describes itself as “a free-market think tank that seeks private solutions to public challenges.”

It was also noted that many of the SMMUSD teachers’ salaries for 2015 “far exceed” Santa Monica’s median household income of $74,534. The median household income data is the most recent reported by the U.S. Census for 2014.

The database provided in the press release listed former SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyons’ total pay and benefits as $284,028.

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Think Tank Attacks SMMUSD Salaries: Transparent California Released Data Showing That SMMUSD Employees Are Overpaid By As Much As 40% As Compared To Other California Teachers

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Regrettably, the SMMUSD does not spend their tax dollars wisely!

The SMMUSD has spent approx. $8 million dollars on lawyers and environmental expenditures rather than $100 per caulk test. Superintendent Sandra Lyon told the board at the December 11, 2014 board meeting that the District has approval to spend $600+ per hour and the use of Pillsbury Law Firm as legal counsel, and now the SMMUSD Board has given her carte blanche permission to spend unlimited amounts of money to protect their decisions. See list of SMMUSD expenditures to date: $8,000,000 and rising!

July 15, 2015
Aug 12, 2015

Malibu Schools Drain $8 Million From SMMUSD In Legal Fees

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