The Hemet Unified School District board approved allocations for the Common Core State Standard’s funding on Tuesday, Nov. 19. HUSD will receive about $4.5 million this fiscal year and next year to prepare and implement the new approach.

Each district school will receive a portion of the monies. Idyllwild’s share is about $8,500 each year. The board approved the proposal unanimously.

“It should take less than a month for the funds to start flowing. The additional positions take longer because we have to advertise and follow all of our personnel protocols,” wrote Superintendent Dr. Barry Kayrell. “We are very excited to get over $2.82 million to our teachers and staff, and look forward to a very positive year on roll-out.”

Trustee Vic Scavarda, representing Idyllwild, wrote in an email, “I think that taking the extra time was a good thing, even though it might delay delivery of materials and technology. I think (hope!) the current allocation is even-handed, considering all the needs we have right now.”

CCSS, which 45 states have adopted, still sets goals but the learning process has changed. The CCSS initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English, language arts and mathematics. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce, according to the CCSS.