Proposition 98 Rises and Gives the Governor More Options
Given the good news regarding increased state revenues, as reported by the Department of Finance in its recent Finance Bulletins, we think Governor Jerry Brown has much increased flexibility in his May Revision. An increase in 2013-14 revenues generally translates in two ways: first, the increase in...
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May Revision Workshop
May 2014

As expected, 2014-15 is shaping up to be yet again another interesting year for school administration and governance. This workshop provides the information needed to close the books for 2013-14, to finalize the district budget for 2014-15, which is assured to be chock full of last-minute changes, and to finalize the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The May Revision is a statutorily required action by the  Administration and is an opportunity for the Governor to recast his Budget proposals and present new proposals in view of a revised revenue outlook. We expect the May Revision to incorporate the results of revised revenues, finalize the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) for 2013-14, and to incorporate any revision to the state's planned funding of LCFF for 2014-15.

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The Audit Challenge: Updates and New Considerations
June 2014

Every year the Audit Regulations (Regulations) are updated to add new programs based on newly enacted legislation or audit findings identified through the submission of audit reports to the State Controller's Office.

The Audit Challenge workshop will provide business managers with information and best practices to manage their annual audits easily and successfully. We will include up-to-date information on all of the changes for the current  2013-14 Regulations and the proposed changes for 2014-15 Regulations. 

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


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Attendance Accounting

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 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.

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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.

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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 its organiza-tion by expanding the number of employees that receive training who are involved in the handling of ASB funds.

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