Thanks to a new financial system known as Local Control Funding Formula, schools now have the chance to implement funds for projects they see fit.
The new LCFF provides $2.1 billion in funding to public schools through Assembly Bill 97, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this summer.
In order to comply with LCFF, school districts throughout the state must present annual strategic plans known as the Local Control Accountability Plan. School districts must plan on how they will spend their funds by outlining their goals and objectives.
Districts will now have more to say at the local level on how to spend their alloted funds. Districts will also be held accountable for the results of their planning strategy. The LCAP, along with its objectives and goals, must be presented to county and state education officials by the end of June.
As a result, the PJUSD is seeking community involvement in order to properly allocate the funds. Students, parents and staff have already been surveyed.
A public hearing on the LCAP will also be conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 5 at the Patterson Joint Unified School District office, 510 Keystone Blvd. Then at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 16, the school board will adopt the plan at its regular meeting before sending it off to state officials.
Contact the Patterson Irrigator at 892-6187, or firstname.lastname@example.org.