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Tough decisions ahead for MV Whisman
Schools face bigger class sizes, cut programs to meet tight budget
Local elementary and middle schools are considering cutting programs and raising class sizes in response to state budget cuts, chief financial officer Craig Goldman told Mountain View Whisman district trustees last week.
Goldman, who will take over as superintendent in July, predicted the district's budget for the 2010-11 school year would be about $38.7 million, down $3 million compared to last year.
After factoring in rising compensation and health care costs for district employees, Goldman said the total gap from last year's budget will total about $3.5 million.
The budget reductions mean that the school board will have "to distinguish between what's important and what's essential," and make decisions accordingly, Goldman said.
One key decision is whether -- and where -- to increase class sizes. The board is considering bumping up kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade classes from the current target of 20 students to a 25-to-1 student-teacher ratio.
"It's reasonable to accept larger class sizes at K-3 than to add additional students at grades 4-8, which already have larger class sizes," Goldman explained.
Goldman cited the 29-month recession and a "bad year" for state tax collectors, in his budget assessment. And while he found cause for optimism in the slowly rebounding national economy and growing job market, he estimated that California, with the third largest unemployment rate in the country, could take up to five years to fully recover.
Reflecting Goldman's assessment, last month Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger revised his state budget proposal, which is attempting to close a $19.1 billion budget gap with a combination of federal funds, borrowing, sales of state assets and about $12.4 billion in cuts -- which means many, if not all, of the state grants the district is eligible to receive may not come in next year.
Usually, state funds help pay for programs like community based English tutoring, school safety, violence prevention and gifted and talented education (GATE). The state has funded grants for instructional materials, helping teachers earn their credentials and other improvements in prior years, but the district is not counting on any of that money, which adds up to about $1.5 million, Goldman said.
For textbooks and other instructional materials, the school district will use the remaining half of the $1.5 million they received as part of the state Fiscal Stabilization Fund. The district will also have a carryover of about $360,000 in federal special education stimulus funding from the 2008-09 school year. In all, Goldman estimates that will make up for about a third of the $3.5 million gap.
Goldman said the district is also planning to use $1.3 million from the local parcel tax to help fill the gap.
In other cases, such as with the GATE program, the district will look to parents for donations. Ultimately, some programs will not receive any funding next year, he said.
While some contract teachers may not be rehired next year, Goldman said, no salaried teachers will be laid off. To save money, administrators and teachers have agreed to changes in their sick-leave benefits, as have classified employees such as custodial, transportation, and food service staff.
Goldman also said that state budget cuts to social services could indirectly burden the school district.
"The question that's out there is whether cuts in social services will have an impact on school services," he said.
The governor's May budget revision proposal calls for the elimination of CalWORKs, the state's welfare program for the poor; $750 million in cuts to Medi-Cal, the state's primary health care program for low-income residents; and $602 million in cuts to the state's county mental health services. The school district may end up picking up some of this slack, Goldman said, as low-income children may not receive adequate medical or mental health services and food subsidies.
Next year's change in the district's elementary school bell schedules should also provide the district with some financial relief, as two bus drivers will now be able to do the work of three, freeing up the third driver to run special education bus routes, which were formerly handled by two pricier, private contractors.
At next Thursday's meeting, the board of trustees will be presented with a finalized 2010-2011 budget to consider for approval.
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Posted by Robin Iwai
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 14, 2010 at 9:14 am
Hey Tea Partyer and ALL READERS,
Yes, private schools are one option, but another option is to ATTEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS!
This week the board will...
- honor the outgoing superintendent
- approve salary schedules for next year
- consider ways to raise money to renovate(recently-renovated) facilities
- approve contracts with employee's unions
- approve the 2010-2011 budget
I don't see below any discussion of how to keep class sizes small (which was a major parcel tax promise). Apparently the district plans to balance the budget on the backs of their teachers. Hope to be proved wrong!
Please go see for yourself!
Mountain View Whisman School District
Education for the World Ahead
Board of Trustees ̶ Regular Meeting
750-A San Pierre Way
June 17, 2010
Demonstrate, daily, a relentless commitment to the success of every child.
Academic Excellence « Strong Community « Broad Worldview
Any person wishing to speak on any item on the agenda will be granted up to three (3) minutes at the time the item appears on the agenda, or in the case of a non-agendized item, may do so under Community Comments. Comments for each agendized item will be taken for 10 minutes, with extra time allowed for translation, as needed. Please see the Board's "welcome" brochure for protocol. Prior to addressing the Board, each speaker is requested to complete a speaker card (located on the counter near the door), give it to the Superintendent's Executive Assistant and state their name for the record. Persons addressing the Board are asked to speak from the podium provided for that purpose.
Under Approval of Agenda, item order may be changed. All times are approximate.
I. CALL TO ORDER 5:00
B. Roll Call
C. Approval of Agenda
II. SPECIAL RECOGNITION 5:05
The Board will honor Maurice Ghysels for his five years of service as superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District.
A. Resolution No. 1421.6/10, Recognition of Superintendent Maurice Ghysels
The Board will consider approval of a resolution in recognition of the contributions of Superintendent Maurice Ghysels over the past five years.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Board approve and adopt Resolution No. 1421.6/10, Recognition of Superintendent Maurice Ghysels.
A brief reception will follow.
III. OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE 5:45
BOARD CONCERNING ITEMS ON THE CLOSED SESSION AGENDA
IV. CLOSED SESSION 5:50
A. Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release
B. Potential Litigation:
Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 54956.9: two cases
C. Public Employee Performance Evaluation: Superintendent
V. RECONVENE OPEN SESSION 7:00
A. Closed Session Report
VI. COMMUNICATIONS 7:05
A. Employee Organizations
1. Mountain View Educators Association
2. California School Employees Association
B. Community Comments
This is the time reserved for community members to address the Board on items that are not on the agenda. The Board and Administration welcome this opportunity to listen; however, in compliance with the Brown Act, the Board is not permitted to take action on non-agenda items.
Speakers are requested to complete a speaker card and state their name for the record.
If there are additional comments after 10 minutes have elapsed, this item may be continued after all the action and discussion items are completed.
VII. REVIEW AND DISCUSSION
A. Report to the Board from the Mountain View Whisman School District Special Tax 7:15
Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee ("Parcel Tax Oversight Committee")
The Board will receive a report from the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee on recommendations for planned Parcel Tax budget expenditures for 2010-11.
B. Financing Options for Student Facilities Improvement Plan Projects 7:35
The Board will hear options to fund projects identified by the Student Facilities
Improvement Plan, which was approved by the Board at the May 6, 2010 meeting.
C. Enrollment Update 7:55
The Board will receive information on enrollment for 2010-11.
D. Technology Update 8:15
The Board will receive information on activities of the technology department
during the 2010-11 school year.
VIII. REVIEW AND ACTION
A. Board Policy and Administrative Regulation No. 6163.4, Student Use of 8:35
The Board will consider approval of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation No. 6163.4, Student Use of Technology at first reading.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Board approve Board Policy and Administrative Regulation No. 6163.4, Student Use of Technology at first reading as presented.
B. Approval of Tentative Agreement with the Mountain View Educators Association 8:45
The Board will consider approval of the Tentative Agreement with the Mountain View Educators Association, dated May 17, 2010.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Board approve the Tentative Agreement
with the Mountain View Educators Association, dated May 17, 2010 as presented.
C. Mountain View Whisman School District Re-opener Proposal to Mountain View 8:55
Educators Association CTA/NEA for 2010-11
The Board will consider approval of the District's re-opener proposal for 2010-11 to the Mountain View Educators Association.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Board approve the District re-opener
proposal for 2010-11 to the Mountain View Educators Association.
D. Budget Approval 9:05
The Board will consider approval of the 2010-11 Final Budget.
The Board will hold a Public Hearing on the 2010-11 Final Budget.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Board approve the Final Budget for 2010-11.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA 9:25
The following items will be handled with one action; however, any item may be removed from consideration by individual Board Members or the Superintendent. Copies of the applicable documents have been sent to the Board and will be available at the meeting.
A. Personnel Report
Certificated: one change of assignment, 11 extended year program special
Classified: 36 extended year program special education assignment
The Board will consider approval of contracts.
C. Salary Schedules for Certificated Management, Classified Management, Classified
Supervisory, Classified Confidential, Preschool Permit Teachers, Certificated,
The Board will consider approval of salary schedules that reflect agreements for the 2010-11 school year.
D. Revised Local Educational Agency Plan Addendum
The LEA Plan Addendum has been modified to reflect input from the California Department of Education.
E. Disposal of Surplus Technology Equipment
The Board will consider disposal of obsolete and/or broken technology equipment.
F. Resolution Nos. 1419.6/10 and 1420.6/10, Authorizing Signatures
The Board will consider approval of a resolution authorizing signatures, which reflects a change in personnel.
G. Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs
The Board will consider approval of the Consolidate Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
H. Board Policy and Administrative Regulation No. 6159.1, Procedural Safeguards
and Complaints for Special Education (Second Reading)
The Board will consider approval of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation No. 6159.1, Procedural Safeguards and Complaints for Special Education, which was approved at first reading on June 3, 2010.
I. Board Policy and Administrative Regulation No. 5145.1, Sexual Harassment
The Board will consider approval of Board Policy and Administrative Regulation
No. 5145.1, Sexual Harassment, which was approved at first reading on June 3, 2010.
J. Board Policy No. 4112.24, Teacher Qualifications Under the No Child Left Behind
Act (Second Reading)
The Board will consider approval of Board Policy No. 4112.24, Teacher Qualifications Under the No Child Left Behind Act, which was approved at first reading on June 3, 2010.
K. Board Bylaw No. 9270, Conflict of Interest
The Board will consider approval of Board Bylaw No. 9270, Conflict of Interest, which was approved at first reading on June 3, 2010.
L. CALPADS (California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System) Student Information
The Board will consider requesting CDS numbers for the following special programs: Slater Special Education Preschool, Home and Hospital Program, Independent Study Program.
The District has received the following gifts:
· $10,535, donated by 98 GATE parents;
· Dictionaries valued at $934, donated by Ms. Donna Butcher;
· $180,000, donated by an anonymous donor to support GATE
and intervention programs.
X. COMMUNICATIONS 9:35
A. Board and Superintendent Updates
1. Board Members
2. Board President
a. Administrative/Student Services
b. Educational Services
c. Business Services
XI. CLOSING COMMENTS
XII. ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDAS
XIII. FUTURE BOARD MEETING DATES
August 19, 2010
September 2 and 16, 2010
October 7 and 21, 2010
November 4 and 18, 2010
December 9, 2010
XIIV. ADJOURNMENT 9:5
The Mountain View Whisman School District is dedicated to providing access and communication for all those who desire to attend Board meetings. Anyone planning to attend a Board meeting who requires special assistance or English translation is asked to call the Superintendent's Office at (650) 526-3552 at least 48 hours in advance of the time and date of the meeting.
Documents provided to a majority of the Governing Board regarding an open session item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection in the District Office, located at 750-A San Pierre Way during normal business hours.
El Distrito Escolar de Mountain View Whisman esta dedicado a proveer acceso y comunicación a todas las personas que deseen asistir a las reuniones de la Junta. Se pide que aquellas personas que planean asistir a esta reunión y requieren de asistencia especial llamen a la Oficina del Superintendente al (650) 526-3552 con por lo menos 48 horas de anticipación del horario y fecha de esta reunión, para así poder coordinar los arreglos especiales.
Los documentos que se les proveen a la mayoría de los miembros de la Mesa Directiva sobre los temas en la sesión abierta de éste orden del día estarán disponibles para la inspección pública en la Oficina del Distrito, localizada en el 750-A San Pierre Way durante las horas de oficinas regulares.
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Mountain View Whisman School District
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