Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations Workshop March 2018

Local educational agency negotiations are increasingly complex. Full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula results in a number of statutory and practical considerations at the bargaining table. For 2018-19, revenues will be higher than previously forecast, however, subsequent year-to-year growth will be slightly lower. The concept of “LCFF Target” amounts vs. “LCFF Funded” amounts becomes moot. For the future, we have a single number, the funded amount. The Local Control and Accountability Plan still leads the process, the budget follows, and both continue to affect negotiations.

Management of Employee Benefits March 2018

Managing employee benefits has been 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), sick leave under the Healthy Families Act, paid child bonding leave, and 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.

Special Education: Both Sides of the Equation April 2018

General Fund contributions towards special education have been on the rise, recently nearing 60% of total expenditures, making effective resource management not only desirable but essential. State and federal revenues for special education do not provide adequate resources, so local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to make up the difference.

The Audit Challenge: Updates and New Considerations April 2018

We are now into the fifth year of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and local educational agencies (LEAs) are in the fourth year of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). High expectations and accountability are paramount under the LCFF, so how do you determine the impact on the operations of the LEA related to the annual audit? A finding of noncompliance can result in an LEA losing a significant amount of revenue. Knowledge and preparation could be the key to resolving issues early. This workshop incorporates need-to-know, up-to-date information on all of these changes and sound advice on internal controls and fraud prevention.

May Revision Workshop May 2018

The May Revision is a statutorily required action by the Administration every year, but this will be the last year for Governor Jerry Brown to recast his January State Budget proposals and present new proposals in view of a revised revenue outlook and stakeholder feedback. The May Revision Workshop will incorporate the results of revised revenue estimates, finalize the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provisions for 2018-19, incorporate any revisions of our accountability system, and revise the  out-year estimates for LCFF funding for your multiyear projections.

Associated Student Body Online

NOTE: As of May 2017 the content of this workshop has been verified as current (we periodically review our online workshops to ensure relevancy and applicability to current requirements and practices).

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.

This online format will allow school agencies to build capacity within their organizations by expanding the number of employees that receive training who are involved in the handling of ASB funds.

Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations Online

As many districts struggle with time and budget constraints, School Services of California, Inc., (SSC) has made a commitment to provide some of its foundational workshops through various modes of delivery.  SSC hopes to make these workshops more accessible and meet the varying needs of school districts across California. As such, the “Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations” workshop is now available in both a face-to-face format and as an online offering.

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