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The Local Decision-Making Quandary—A Three Part Series
[Editor’s Note: Local educational agencies are in their third year of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) development. And while they continue to refine and master the art of LCAP development, questions related to LCAP, and in particular the use of supplemental and concentration g...
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UPCOMING EVENTS
The Basics of School Construction and School Construction Accounting
February 2016

This workshop provides an overview of the timelines and approvals necessary for the construction and/or modernization of a school facility as well as step-by-step details on the basics of school construction accounting. In addition, the workshop will provide information on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and the Proposition 39—Clean Energy Jobs Act, and how these measures affect facilities funding.

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Management of Employee Benefits Workshop
March 2016

Managing employee benefits has and will continue to be challenging as changes in law and regulation require local educational agencies (LEAs) to carefully track eligibility for health benefits coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), eligibility for sick leave under the Healthy Families Act, and eligibility for membership in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and also correctly determine what constitutes creditable compensation. This workshop will provide participants with operational advice on how to effectively manage employee benefits in this era of continuing change.

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Special Education: Both Sides of the Equation
April 2016

State and federal revenues for special education do not provide adequate resources, so LEAs are required to make up the difference. Since 2003-04, General Fund contributions towards special education have averaged around 25%, making effective resource management not only desirable but essential.

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Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations
Online

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.

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Fiscal Implications of School District Reorganization
Online

In an effort to continue to meet the changing demands on our clients, we are now offering the Fiscal Implications of School District Reorganization as an online workshop. This format provides many benefits, including ease of viewing at your desk, viewing the presentation at a time that is convenient to you, and eliminating the need to travel to a location outside of the area.

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Associated Student Body
Online

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.

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Attendance Accounting
Online

The state of California provides funding to school agencies based on actual  attendance, which indicates that school agencies do not receive funding for  students who are not in school. The funding received for students attending school is a significant portion of school agencies’ operating revenue. California school agencies have been hit hard by the economic downturn and any adjustments to funding, no matter how small, can be significant. The importance of understanding the regulations for attendance is at an all-time high. There is too much at stake—academic achievement and funding.

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Fiscal Solvency for School Districts
Online

School Services of Caifornia, Inc. and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team (FCMAT) have teamed up to provide a free online workshop on fiscal solvency.



Hear from Joel Montero, Ron Bennett, and John Gray as they discuss the various aspects of district financial management including:

  • Multiyear planning
  • Negotiations
  • Cash management
  • Other budgetary challenges facing school districts today

 

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