Thousands of kids are returning to school this week throughout Northern California and Western Nevada. Today is the first day back for kids in Sacramento's Twin Rivers Unified School District. Over the summer, the district replaced broken heating and air-conditioning units at some schools.
District Superintendent Steven Martinez says they've spent $25 million on all kinds of campus improvements. "Simple things like new benches, fixed fountains, schools being painted, to new hvac systems across the district," says Martinez. "Kids are really going to feel a difference when they walk on campus when it comes to how clean a school looks. There were a number of schools that participated in deep cleaning through our maintenance department and custodial department."
Martinez says the district is also getting $13.6 million in the state's new "local control funding formula" to pay for more art and music instruction, early literacy programs and more teachers and counselors.