Conquering Budgets - Tips and Tricks for Success in School Finance

About the Workshop

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 school district and charter school budgets is more challenging than ever for business administrators—and the entire management team. 

This workshop is a “must” for those who face the task of building, analyzing, and monitoring the school district or charter school budget.

Workshop Topics

A wide range of analytical methods and budget analysis, along with specific areas for budget reduction and restoration, will be addressed in this half-day workshop. Topics to be covered include:

  • Coordinating the budget development process with LCAP development
  • Linking budget items to LCAP services and actions
  • Measuring operational performances to help determine budget priorities
  • Best practices for budget planning throughout the local agency budget, including:
    • Staffing and salaries
    • Tracking progress of grades TK-3 class-size reduction
    • Health and welfare benefits
    • Pension benefits and contribution rate increases
    • Use of base grants and supplemental/concentration grants, including preparation for meeting the minimum proportionality percentage at full implementation of the LCFF
    • Supplement vs. supplant rules in the current funding environment
    • Determining the adequacy of reserves
    • Classifying reserves and addressing the potential reserve cap
  • Collective bargaining and the budget
  • Communicating to the board and other stakeholders about the changes to education funding and the impact on your local agency's budget

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for school agency administrators—superintendents, cabinet members, chief business officials, and members of the budget team.

To bring this workshop to your county office, please call Sheila G. Vickers at (916) 446-7517 or email her at


SSC Clients:

$215 per attendee
$315 per attendee

Program Begins:
Program Ends:
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
12:00 PM

Dates and Locations
September 20, 2017   Santa Clara County Office of Education  
September 26, 2017   Yolo County Office of Education  
September 27, 2017   Ventura County Office of Education/Conference & Educational Services Center  
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