BEF Guidelines & Funding

Funding of programs and services within the Benicia Unified School District is a collaborative process between the BEF and the schools. Each year, representatives from the BEF meet with leaders at each school site to identify and prioritize funding needs—programs and services that fall outside of the BUSD annual budget. The BEF board maintains responsibility for ensuring that all proposed programs or services fall within its funding guidelines.

  • All BEF funds will be directed within one of the following categories: Curriculum and Instruction, Curriculum Support, Technology, Health and Safety, or Enrichment.
  • Funding decisions are made on an annual basis.
  • BEF funds will directly benefit students.
  • BEF funds are intended to benefit all BUSD students, K-12.

17 – 18—Proposed Funding

  • $50,000 to fund the elementary school STEAM Wheel Elective Program
  • $11,000 to fund career and college speakers at BMS and BHS
  • $10,000 to fund innovative teaching grants
  • $10,000 to fund College and Apprenticeship tours for BMS and BHS students
  • $8,000 to fund Parent College Advisors Program and other College and Counseling Center Needs at BHS
  • $6,000 to fund PSAT fees for all 10th graders at BHS

Past Programs and Services Funded

16 – ’17

  • Elementary Level- Expanding the existing STEAM Wheel Program
  • Parent Education Workshops Benicia Middle School and Benicia High School
  • Professional Development
  • Mini Grants to BUSD teachers and staff

15 – ’16

14 – ’15

  • $10,000 to fund each elementary library to support continued availability for students $40,000 total
  • $70,000 towards technology support and Technology Mentor positions, these positions will assist classroom teachers with the integration of technology into the classroom, assisting with new robotics classes at BMS & BHS, 6 week technology focus for 4th and 5th grade and other STEM based learning activities.

13 – ’14

  • Library and Technology services and programs at all 7 schools
  • Total 20 hours  per day of library and technology support to students
  • 5th Grade Outdoor Education Camp Scholarships

’12 – ’13

  • Library and Technology services and programs at all 7 schools
  • Total 30 hours  per day of support to students
  • 5th Grade Outdoor Education Camp Scholarships
  • Kaiser Permanente grant to implement an Anti-Bullying program at BMS

’11 – ’12

  • 15 hours/day Library Media Technicians
  • Computer Resource Technicians
  • 5th Grade Outdoor Education Camp Scholarships

’10 – ’11

  • 15.65 hours/day Library Media Technicians
  • 15.40 hours/day of Computer Resource Technicians
  • Two additional Early Bird classes – BHS

’09 – ’10

  • Library Resource Programs
  • Computer Resource Programs

’08 – ’09

  • Library Resource Programs
  • Computer Resource Programs

’07 – ’08

  • District-wide PowerSchool Student Information System
  • Class Set (48) high powered microscopes for BHS Science program

’06 – ’07

  • Campus Security Personnel – all schools
  • BHS Library Computer Lab & Career Center tech
  • Computers for middle school classrooms
  • Reading software and materials – all elementary schools
  • Technology peripherals (cameras, DVD players, etc) – BHS and LHS
  • BHS Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE)
  • 5th Grade Field Trips – Dorothy Drew Endowment

’05 – ’06

  • Two part-time Counselors, BMS and BHS
  • Partial funding of Office Specialist – four elementary schools
  • District Grant Writer
  • LHS Leadership Program
  • 5th Grade Field Trips – Dorothy Drew Endowment