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Smooth sailing ahead for high school district budget

Original post made on Jul 19, 2019

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is projecting a long and prosperous financial future, approving a rosy budget that's on track to double the reserve fund in three years while keeping up with rising costs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:33 PM

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 19, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Why does the Voice (and myself) consider MVLA (High School District) in good Budget shape - and yet considers MVWSD (elementary K-8) going "with deep deficit spending"?
Web Link

Here are some financial metrics, collected and published by the State in it's oversight capacity;
MVLA - MVWSD; [misc. CA state or Santa Clara Co. averages] (2017-18 data)
4304 - 5132 pupil Census #

Administrators #FTE {MVWSD # has increased by 7 since 2013-14, same # schools}
17 - 25
Per Pupil Ratio: FTE Administrators {correspondingly MVWSD worsened by 26% since 2013-14}
260 - 205 [ Co. ratio = 265, more efficient administrators = more students per administrator)

Office/Clerical Staff {MVWSD # has increased by 12 = 32% since 2013-14}
41 - 49 [MVLA has increased 3%]
Other Classified Staff {MVWSD # has increased by 30 = 46% since 2013-14}
56 - [MVLA increased 27%]
*Services & Other Op. Expenditures /per student comp. to CA ave.
163% - 189% ($2,441)

Average Teaching Experience {MVLA & MVWSD stayed basically flat since 2013-14}
11yr - 8yr {Co. 10yr, CA 12yr}
New Teachers (1st & 2nd yr, 3 yr ave)
29 - 60

* General Administration (% of General Fund)
7% - 7% [ both above CA's 6% ]
[Both about 10% more than CA average in dollars per student]

The MVWSD is currently carrying a LARGE % General Fund year end surplus= Reserve and MVLA's is much smaller. But the MWSD is projecting spending Much More than it collects including 3 years out.

EdData MVLA Web Link
EdData MVWSD Web Link
* check the Financial Data page (or Student, Staff pages)

SN is a retired MVWSD Trustee and a general public policy quant.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:26 am

My Bad! Mistral was opened in 2015-16. I voted with the majority (unanimous). MS + Castro then were 694 students, earlier the combined school (Castro) was 726. If there were no District Office administrators, this would explain almost a 10% administrative position increase (’15-’16)

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