Trustees pass school budget and LCAP
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Jun 19, 2014 | 3488 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patterson Joint Unified School District trustees completed the final steps to implement the 2014-2015 budget and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) by voting “yes” to both at the Monday, June 16 board meeting.

The local school district will run on a $52 million budget in the next school year with $42 million coming from the new Local Control Funding Formula, $2.9 million coming from federal revenue, $2.3 million from other state revenue and $4.5 million from the local revenue bringing in just over $52 million for local students and staff.

Expenses include almost $20 million for certificated salaries, almost $6 million for classified salaries, $8.7 million for employee benefits, $2.6 million for books and supplies, $9 million for other operating expenses and about $3 million for capital outlay and other outgo. That would leave the school district with reserves and other amenities over the next few years. The state allotments hope to narrow gaps between funding over the years and wish to acquire as much as they did before the recession hit pre-2007-2008.

The new Local Control Funding Formula now allows the state to provide more than $2 billion to districts who present a plan and allocations for the money. The plan is known as the Local Control Accountability Plan, which board members voted on at Monday’s meeting.

PJUSD officials worked on the LCAP by following a number of steps required by the state. This included forming a task force, holding a community forum, having a public hearing and distributing and collecting surveys from parents, students and staff on what they think is important to spend the allotted funds on.

The LCAP outlines the goals and needs of the district and how the district will reach those goals; The LCAP must also be updated annually. Districts follow rules set down by AB 97 and include resources for students with greater needs such as English Learner, foster youth and low-income students.

Some suggestions on how to use the new money came from those who attended the community forum held in March. Participants suggested that the district have increased mental health services and counseling for all students, class size reduction, more technology in the classrooms and staff support, teacher training and more educational options such as business logistics.

Some of the district’s LCAP priorities are to prepare students to be career and college ready; to provide highly qualified employees and technology; and to provide a safe, working environment that cultivates partnerships with families, parents, and the community in order to bring about student success.

The district’s goals are to engage students in the learning process; close the achievement gap and expect high levels of performance from all students; provide up-to-date technology; recruit and retain high quality staff; maximize fiscal resources and facilities; provide input from community, provide multiple options to meet needs of all students communicate improvement through accountability and monitoring.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.
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