May Revision Workshop
As expected, 2017-18 is shaping up to be yet again another interesting year for school administration and finance. This workshop provides the information needed to close the books for 2016-17 and to finalize the district budget for 2017-18, both of which are assured to be full of changes. The May Revision is a statutorily required action by the Administration and is an opportunity for the Governor to recast his State Budget proposals and present new proposals in view of a revised revenue outlook and stakeholder feedback. The May Revision Workshop will incorporate the results of revised revenue estimates, finalize the LCFF provisions for 2017-18, incorporate any revision to the state’s LCFF/LCAP model for 2017-18, and revise the out-year estimates for LCFF funding for your multiyear projections.
Special Education: Both Sides of the Equation
State and federal revenues for special education do not provide adequate resources, so local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to make up the difference. Since 2003-04, General Fund contributions towards special education have been on the rise, recently nearing 50% of total expenditures, making effective resource management not only desirable but essential.
Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations
Many districts are struggling with collective bargaining issues this year, but they also face very tight travel and professional development budgets. Some months ago, in anticipation of this situation, School Services of California, Inc., (SSC) made a commitment to change the mode of delivery on some of its foundational workshops. The “Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations” workshop, which we have presented in a face-to-face format for more than 20 years, has been completed and is now available as a 100% online offering.
Associated Student Body
The number one area for findings in an audit report are those in the area of Associated Student Body (ASB). It is critical that district- and site-level staff receive training in this area on a regular basis to ensure that the district, as well as the employees, are being protected.
There have been changes to regulations over the last several years related to food sales. Site-level staff need to become familiar with these regulations as they work with students and fundraising events. This format will allow the school agencies to build capacity within their organization by expanding the number of employees that receive training who are involved in the handling of ASB funds.