Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

LCAP Development Workshop September 2014

Our school finance system is going through the most dramatic change since the creation of revenue limits and categorical programs in 1972. With major change comes new challenges and new opportunities. The new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) shifts the state away from a system of rule compliance, measured by audits and  enforced through penalties, to a system of local accountability based upon local needs. We are no longer implementing the state’s plan for students – we must develop a plan locally that achieves improved results.

Conquering District Budgets in a New World of School Finance September 2014

With the major reforms to school funding, the connection of the budget to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and major changes in how we look at separate funding streams, grappling with the local school agency budget is more challenging than ever for business administrators—and the entire management team. Using decades of experience, Sheila G. Vickers, Vice President, and Lewis Wiley, Director of Management Consulting Services, will provide helpful hints, tips, and methods for budget analysis, budget restorations or reductions, and budget communications as districts deal with the budget challenges of 2014 and beyond.

Special Education - Both Sides of the Equation September 2014

The special education program exists to provide students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education, but the program is far from fully funded by the state and/or federal governments. Local contributions to special education programs have reached an average of about 25% across the state. Effective management of the financial and human resources in the area of special education is critical to a local educational agencies (LEAs) ability to operate high quality legally defensible programs for student with disabilities while not breaking the bank.

Webinar: Principles and Practices of Debt Management - Employing a Debt Policy October 22, 2014

A debt management policy can assist a public agency to make decisions as well as support its efforts to identify conflicts, inconsistencies, and gaps in the agency’s approach to project finance and debt management. Policies are also instrumental in setting a proper balance between limits on the use of debt financing and providing sufficient flexibility to respond to unforeseen circumstances and opportunities. This webinar, hosted by The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, addresses the importance of establishing a debt policy and highlights best practices for developing and maintaining a debt management policy. Recommended for School Officials. For More information or to register visit CDIAC.

Advanced Collective Bargaining Workshop - Bargaining Under LCFF October 2014

There are no more prevalent and specific mandates on the operation of public schools than those found in collective bargaining agreements. District management’s challenge is to create positive employee contract settlements that are in alignment with the district’s financial capacity and program goals.

Human Resource Essentials October 2014

With as much as 90% of a district’s General Fund revenue being committed to compensating employees, local educational agencies (LEAs) can ill afford inefficiency in personnel management. Unexpected personnel expenses are predictable in the absence of sound personnel management practices. This workshop focuses on essential HR operations and best practices in personnel management that, if implemented, will minimize legal risks and protect scarce financial resources.

LCFF Workshop November 2014

The LCFF is the result of the most far-reaching reform of California’s school finance system since the early 1970s. This workshop will explain the fiscal provisions of the LCFF and will provide attendees with tools needed to plan for the future, including estimating district allocations and identifying many of the operational challenges and opportunities district officials will face, such as budgeting, staffing, and contract negotiations. In addition, attendees will learn about the LCFF’s long-term policy implications and potential future changes.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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