May Revision Workshop
As expected, 2014?15 is shaping up to be yet again another interesting year for school administration and ?nance. This workshop provides the information needed to close the books for 2013?14, to ?nalize the district budget for 2014?15, which is assured to be chock full of last?minute changes, and to ?nalize 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, ?nalize 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.
Management of Employee Benefits
This workshop focuses on the changing environment of employee leaves, employee statutory benefits (pension, Workers’ Compensation, etc.), and employee and retiree health benefits. Changes in regulations and the growing cost of these benefits will be addressed in an effort to provide school agencies with the information and tools needed to better manage all employee benefits in a manner that is effective and financially prudent.
The Basics of School Construction and School Construction Accounting
This workshop provides an overview of the timelines and approvals necessary for the construction of a school facility as well as step-by-step details on the basics of school construction accounting. If you are new to school construction, new to the responsibilities of school construction accounting, or if your district passed a bond, plans to issue a new bond series, or received funding for state school facilities construction-you need the basics in order to get started on the right foot.
Charter Schools: New Rules, New Challenges
Charter Schools have continued to experience growth in student enrollment and in the number of schools. Enrollment growth in California charter schools has been steadily increasing for the last several years and that trend is anticipated to continue. With 1,130 active charter schools at the start of the 2013-14 school year, traditional school agencies approving charter schools need to be prepared with knowledge regarding the considerations that come along with charter schools from potential liability issues to Proposition 39 and surplus property requirements. In addition to the passage of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, changes in state law provide opportunities for both school districts and charter schools alike.
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
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 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.
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 its organiza-tion by expanding the number of employees that receive training who are involved in the handling of ASB funds.