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Board Briefs for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Board Briefs for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

At Tuesday night’s meeting, members and coaches of the James Logan High School, nationally recognized Speech & Debate Program (Forensics) Team were recognized by the Board.   Ranked among the top 1% of all schools in the country by the National Speech & Debate Association for 19 consecutive years, James Logan Forensics has put the diverse community of Union City on the national map for forensics competition excellence.

Forensics coaches Jesse Garret and Justin Kurup spoke about their personal experiences as both forensics students and assistant coaches under Dr. Tommie Lindsey for over 15 years.  They shared that Forensics students graduate and go to four-year colleges at a rate of 85%. They went on to share that 32 current students have qualified to compete in the upcoming State tournament.  This is an impressive feat considering that the number represents a third of all eligible participants in the state.

Logan junior, Rhea Grover, currently ranked second in the nation in thematic interpretation, shared her piece, “We Need to Talk About Guns”, a program advocating for gun control.  The President of the Forensics Team, Logan senior Nikhil Kona, also addressed the Board regarding the importance of the Forensics Program.

Later, Chief Business Officer Annette Heldman presented the 2017-18 Second Interim Report for approval with a Positive Certification of the district’s ability to meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years. This report represents our District’s financial activities from July 1 to January 31 and adjusted revenue and expense projections through June 30.

Additionally, this report incorporates the Governor’s January proposals for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Ms. Heldman shared the two encouraging budget proposals by the Governor for 2018/19, which are (1) full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which translates to an additional $1.6 million, which is two years ahead of schedule, and (2), one-time money of $3.2 million based on $295/Average Daily Attendance (ADA).

These two revenue line items directly impact the District’s financial well-being, and while the fiscal outlook for 2018/19 and 2019/20 are improved by these, the upturn is not enough to eliminate the need for budget reductions due to enrollment decline and increasing cost of pension contributions. With that said, the Second Interim Report includes on-going budget reductions of approximately $3.8 million in 2018/19.

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