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Board Briefs for Tuesday, June 21, 2016

At Tuesday night's meeting, Co-Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Arlando Smith shared that working on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) was a collaborative process across the three Divisions (Teaching and Learning, Business and Personnel) and, with the multiple areas of focus, this project was truly a group effort. Contributors to the LCAP included the Guiding Coalition which is comprised of students, parents, community members and district staff. Dr. Smith stated that despite the continually changing template which makes formatting extremely problematic, the document continues to reflect the district's priorities. Dr. Smith emphasized to the Board that when the funds granted to the district through the Race to the Top grant expire next year, a number of the initiatives and positions funded by that grant will be in jeopardy unless the district is able to secure funding through another generous grantor.

Co-Superintendent Smith requested that the Board adopt the three-year plan. The Board voted to approve the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) unanimously.

Next, Co-Superintendent and Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan provided information to the Board regarding the proposed budget for 2016-17 and Multi-Year Projections. He stated that while our current financial condition is positive, the district is and will be experiencing budget-related pressures in the near future. These pressures include both declining enrollment and increases in the district’s contribution to the State Teacher Retirement (STRS) and the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). For example, Mr. Varadarajan explained that had our enrollment remained at the level of 2013-14, the district would have realized over $5 million in additional revenue.

Mr. Varadarajan also shared with the Board that with the sunsetting of the RTTT-D grant this school year, the district will need to make some very hard decisions related to initiatives that it wishes to continue funding. Discussion regarding these decisions will start in the fall. These important financial decisions will be made thoughtfully, purposefully and in a timely manner with a recommendation brought to the Board at the First Interim (December 2016). Other important considerations will be the pending contract negotiations with the district’s three employee groups, the anticipated costs of instructional materials and the increasing costs related to Special Education transportation.

Mr. Varadarajan thanked his staff for their tremendous work on the budgets and requested that the Board adopt the Proposed Budget for 2016-17 and Multi-Year Projections for 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Board unanimously approved the budget.