The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will receive $229,983 from the state as repayment for the cost of maintaining a voluntary desegregation program during the 1983-84 school year.
The money is included in legislation, authored by state Assemblyman John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) and recently signed by the governor, which reimburses several school districts for desegregation costs.
According to Santa Monica-Malibu district spokeswoman Janice Walker, it costs the district about $250,000 a year to run a voluntary transfer program to achieve racial balance, provide multicultural education materials and operate a magnet school. "We are extremely pleased" to receive the reimbursement, she said.
Walker said this is the first year the district has received state funds to cover the cost of its voluntary desegregation program, which was adopted in 1980.