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Board Briefs for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Board Briefs for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

At Tuesday night’s meeting, James Logan High School Student Board Member Kimberly Giang  presented to the Board on the benefits of shifting the school year calendar to allow for an earlier start to the school year.  Member Giang explained that this move would allow for first semester finals at the high school level to be held before Winter Break, a shift that more and more schools in the area and the state are moving towards.  She also shared that, by shifting the first semester finals schedule, Advanced Placement students would have additional time to study for AP exams.  This move will also allow more time for seniors to meet college and scholarship application deadlines.  Member Giang shared additional benefits of such a move, provided research conducted in districts where the schedule has already been modified, and addressed concerns commonly cited in discussions about moving up the start of school.  Member Giang’s presentation can be found here.

The Board received a yearly update from Executive Director Nancy George regarding the Union City Family Center (formerly Union City Kids’ Zone).  Staff shared outcome data from 2016-17, as well as highlights of new activities for 2017-18.  Two parents as well as a student from Logan High School spoke about the services they have received through the Family Center, and the large impact these have had on their lives.  A link to Ms. George’s presentation can be found here.

Chief Business Officer, Annette Heldman, provided the Board an update regarding the Governor’s Budget Proposal for fiscal year 2018-19.  She shared that, despite stronger than projected state revenues and strong state revenue projections for the last two quarters of the fiscal year, the Governor's January budget proposal offers no new dollars for 2017/18. That said, our unrestricted revenues for 2017/18 are more or less the same.

For 2018/19, the Governor is proposing to fully implement the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This translates to approximately $1.6 million. It is important to note that this is not new or additional money to the District, but rather the remaining funding gap from the formula that we are simply getting a year sooner.

The Governor also proposes new, one-time dollars estimated at $295/Average Daily Attendance (ADA). This translates to approximately $3.2 million. The good news is we are getting more funds for 2018/19 based on this latest information. The not so good news is the additional funds do NOT eliminate the need to cut our spending for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

The Second Interim Report will incorporate these revenue updates and will be presented to the Board in March.

The complete agenda for the February 6 Board meeting can be found here.