Ferndale Schools Fighting to Keep $400,000 in Funding
Senator Mike McGuire has been working with Ferndale school officials and California Department of Finance representatives for the past several months to find a solution to secure $400,000 dollars annually in state funding to support the small, rural school district.
Due to a change in the way the state funds local school districts, six rural small school districts across the state, including Ferndale Unified, may stop receiving “Necessary Small School Funding” – a dedicated funding source for very small districts.
“This is an equity issue. All students – from the rural corners of the North Coast to the urban neighborhoods of Los Angeles – deserve results driven schools in their community. Ferndale Schools are some of the best in Northern California and we are committed to working with the community, district and state officials in the coming months on this important issue, Senator McGuire said.”
Senator McGuire has been working with the school district and the Department of Finance to find a way to save the small school funding. In August, Senator McGuire met with Superintendent Beth Anderson to discuss the issue. McGuire will be bringing Superintendents from each of the six small school districts – impacted by the potential elimination of Necessary Small School Funding.
“Senator McGuire understands how important this issue is to Ferndale and we are glad he’s championing this critical funding issue for us as well as for districts across the state,” Superintendent Anderson said.
There are six unified school districts in the state that receive a “Necessary Small High School” allocation based on the criteria that they are the only high school in their school district – Ferndale Unified being one of them. Necessary Small Schools Funding – a total of $2 million statewide – provides support for districts that operate very small schools, particularly those that are located in rural areas of the state and where pupils would otherwise have to spend an excessive amount of time travelling to and from school. The program subsidizes the high operating costs of small schools in districts that lack the size to absorb those costs. State law restricts this funding to very small districts.