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Board Briefs for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Board Briefs for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

At Tuesday night’s meeting, led by Chief Academic Officer Lisa Metzinger, members of the District's Division of Teaching and Learning provided a student achievement update for the 2016-17 school year for the Board of Education.  Division members Tracie Noriega, Hui Stevens, John Mattos, Sarah Kappler, and Scott Pizani presented key data to the Board from their respective departments.  The Student Achievement Presentation can be found here.

Additionally, Chief Business Officer Annette Heldman presented an update on the District finances. Specifically, she provided information in terms of revenues under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) starting in 2013/14 through 2017/18, as well as major expenses that were carried out and are projected in the same timeframe.

Ms. Heldman shared that while the new funding formula restored losses from prior years and generated new and ongoing revenues for the District, there are issues that the new formula did not resolve, including enrollment decline, mandated programs that are under-funded by the State, and increased cost in pension benefits.

Ms. Heldman also provided an overview of the District’s reserves and the fiscal stabilization fund, adopted by way of Board Policy 3100.1.  This strong financial position allowed the District to be removed from the county “watch list”, and be looked at favorably by other agencies including bond rating agencies for purposes of debt issuance and management.

Ms. Heldman discussed the preliminary work that is currently taking place and discussions that will be necessary with different District stakeholder groups to address the $4 million budget reductions that would need to be made for 2018/19 as stated on Board Resolution 085-1617 adopted on June 20, 2017.  These reductions will need to be finalized by end of December 2017.

The slides used in Ms. Heldman’s presentation can be found here.

The agenda for the evening’s meeting can be found here.