Deeper Focus: Routine Restricted Maintenance Account
The Routine Restricted Maintenance Account (RRMA) has been the primary source of funding for school maintenance departments, and it has had a long history of being underfunded and suspended during difficult budget times. A brief history of RRMA funding shows that it has been consistently underfunded, “flexed” (i.e. allowed to be used for any one-time school expenditure not related to maintenance) during the 2008 Great Recession, and was folded into the LCAP when it was created (not technically cut but requires engagement in the LCAP process to justify maintenance funding related to the LCAP’s Eight State Priorities). CASH was critical in the creation of the RRMA, and continues to be key in defending its existence when necessary.