February 13, 2013
The Jefferson School Board met last night and took action on a list of reductions that did not involve layoffs of current staff members or reductions of pay to current staff members.
The following updates were discussed at the 2/9/13 Special Board Meeting
• Special Education Transportation Reduction of $70,000
• Two teaching positions less in 2013‐14 due to lower enrollment
• Potential Budget Enhancers in process
• Buses sold ‐ $3,000 profit for district
• Mandated Cost Block Grant Increase of $42,435 per year
• P&L JPA Dividend of $34,000 one-time
• Attrition - Look at future resignations and retirements to see if position can be reduced or eliminated
• Human Resources creating a formula for Campus Aides
• Local Control Funding Formula information still to come specific to Jefferson District funding
• Restoration Planning
The PowerPoint shared (link below) at the February 12th Board Meeting shares the reductions that were voted on, the total money saved both ongoing and one-time and a desire to create a restoration plan to bring back reductions should the fiscal situation improve.
January 23, 2013
The Jefferson School Board met last night and heard the new information about the state budget proposal.
-The state budget includes a 1.65% funded COLA
-This results in an approximately $260,000 annual increase to Jefferson’s General Fund
-This reduces the board target to $1,040,000
-The "green" items they identified for reduction at the 12/11/12 board meeting totaled
-$516,800 Ongoing Reduction
-$344,232 One Time Reduction
-This is the first funded COLA since 2006-2007
-We remain 22% deficit funded - .78 on $1
-The Local Control Funding Formula proposed by the governor wants to change the way schools are funded. It is possible this could result in another increase to the district. These numbers will not be released until sometime next week.
-They heard a presentation about the progress made on potential budget enhancers
The board set a special work session meeting for Saturday, February 9th at 8:00 AM to have more in-depth discussions and focus only on the budget issue. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome to attend. It will take place in our board room.
The board members stated that they wanted to make sure our reductions were such that we didn't find ourselves back in budget cutting mode again next year. The board directed the superintendent to provide different scenarios for them to consider. They indicated specifically that they wanted to see at least one scenario that included no eliminations of current staffed positions or salary reductions. The superintendent will work on and provide these scenarios at the meeting. The board will take no formal action at this meeting, however they will most likely provide direction for the 2/12/13 board meeting where it is anticipated they will take action.
January 17, 2013
The Governor's Proposed Budget was released on January 10th and a special workshop was held on January 15th to interpret the budget for school districts. There are still many details that we don't have, but I want to share what we now know.
1) The budget proposal includes a 1.65% funded COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment). This is approximately a $260,000 increase from current year funding. This is the first increase in recent history. With this is mind, know that the state is still "deficiting" us over 22% of what we are due under Proposition 98.
2) The governor has proposed a new way to fund schools under a "Local Control Funding Formula” (LCFF). Under LCFF, there will be base grants per pupil plus supplemental funding based on students who are not English language proficient, who are from low income families, or who are in foster care. The goal of LCFF is to replace the current per-student funding model (i.e., revenue limit) and replace over 40 categorical programs. The Governor's plan is to phase Local Control Funding in by 2020-2021, but the plan still needs to be adopted by the Legislature. This plan, if implemented, will significantly change the funding for K-12 education. There is money allocated to this implementation, but specifics for individual school districts are not estimated to be released by the state for about 2 weeks. There is a possibility we could see an increase with the LCFF as well, but we won't know until specifics are released.
This budget does have a positive impact on budget reductions as we can now reduce our reduction target by the $260,000 we should receive through the COLA. This leaves us still with a target of $1,000,040. The board agreed to the "green items" that totaled $516,800 in ongoing reductions and $344,232 in one-time reductions at the December 11th Board Meeting. The board will discuss next steps at the January 22 board meeting, including the possibility of a special board meeting to look at the new information regarding the LCFF when it is released.
We continue to be challenged with a budget that is far from definitive and timelines to make decisions that are prescribed by law but misaligned to when we get all of the information we need. I will continue to share information as we get it. We are pleased that this is the first bit of positive budget news in a long time and we continue to hope that more will follow.
January 9, 2013
Governor Brown releases his January Proposed Budget on Thursday, January 10. The release of the Proposed Budget will set in motion the legislative wheels regarding the development of the 2013-2014 state budget. On Tuesday, January 15th, The Superintendent and the CBO will attend a workshop given by School Services that interprets the specific impact of the proposed budget on the district. For the district, the Governor's Proposed Budget serves as the initial planning document for the development of the 2013-2014 district budget until the Governor releases the May Budget Revision. While the January Proposed Budget and the May Budget Revision are good planning documents, nothing is final until the Legislature passes and the Governor signs the final budget in June.
The proposed budget will be summarized at the January 22, 2013 Board Meeting. The board will receive a proposed budget cut list that was updated following their direction at the December 11th meeting. The board will also review any additional feedback received since the December 11th School Board Meeting. They will receive an update on the status of the ‘possible budget enhancements’ items. They will have further discussions and potentially give further direction on budget reductions. It is possible that the board may schedule a special board work session prior to the February 12th board meeting where they are scheduled to take action on budget reductions.
We have developed list of numerous potential budget reductions. This initial list that was shared at the meetings are is available here, together with the PowerPoint that was shared. The district also maintains an online archive of recent budget presentations that provide more depth into the current state and district fiscal situation. Feel free to contact superintendent Dana Eaton with suggestions and/or comments at email@example.com or 836-3388.