Governor's Budget Workshop
The State Budget is a document of policy, priorities, and competition for resources. The next opportunity for the Governor to show his continued commitment to full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will be the Governor’s 2017-18 Budget Proposal. We expect that the Administration will provide its economic forecast and financial plan for the state on January 10, 2017. The release of the Governor’s Budget Proposal for 2017-18 begins the process for legislative consideration of the Budget, but it also provides critical information for development of school agency budgets.
Local Control Funding Formula Workshop
We are in an environment of continuing change, with the twists and turns of LCFF implementation and adjustments to the LCAP continuing to bring us new surprises. How does this impact our operations?
Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations
- Effective stakeholder engagement requires clear communication of complex budgetary and operational information
- Compliance with new regulatory requirements mandates a deep awareness of the flexibility and limitations for using the supplemental and concentration grant funds
- Understanding is crucial to meeting the statutory and regulatory requirements of LCFF implementation, as well as effectively managing the commitment of funds at the bargaining table
- LCFF is still in transition—K-3 class-size targets change each year and "gap closure" is a moving target
- We are close to full implementation of the LCFF, which means full implementation of the minimum proportionality percentage requirement—at the same time that we are faced with cost-of-living adjustment-only funding.
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.
Fiscal Implications of School District Reorganization
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.
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.
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.
Fiscal Solvency for School Districts
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
- Cash management
- Other budgetary challenges facing school districts today