GLENDALE — State legislators this week approved a bill to release millions in one-time federal stimulus funds to Glendale and Burbank school districts, but local officials said nothing would change until the money was in the bank.
But school board members and staff in both cities said their fiscal challenges and positions won't change until the federal dollars are physically or electronically transferred out of Sacramento.
"Yes it's on track and our staff and our team has been very aggressive with this and putting this into our mindset," said Greg Krikorian, president of the Glendale Unified school board. "The important factor here is, until the money's in our bank, we have no clue, and it's a very volatile situation right now."
Both districts took different approaches when Congress and the Obama administration approved stimulus funding to offset state cuts to education.
In Glendale, district officials said they would use the stimulus funds to rehire more than 40 teachers laid off in June. It was a leap of faith, Supt. Dick Sheehan said.