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State of the District: Finance

Implementation of Key Initiatives

  • Parcel tax was overwhelmingly supported and passed by the community in November 2007 and May 2011
  • Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) evolved from Lafayette Arts and Science Foundation (LASF) to become the education foundation of the District
  • Closer collaboration with the parent community organizations, LPIE (formerly LASF), Rapport (organization of parent club officers, LPIE, and district representatives) and the district was attained
  • Well-planned and well-presented budget reduction process during the last four (4) years of State budget cuts allowed the district to maintain a strong financial position
  • Streamlined and implemented efficiencies within district operations: eliminated reprographics services (≈$90K); Adjusted various staff work year (≈$50K-$60K)
  • Generated additional revenues from facilities use to offset some of the revenue losses: rented facilities to two (2) summer camps at $67,000
  • Installed solar panels at the school to reduce district utilities expenses: estimated annual savings at $40,000-$50,000

How do we measure success?

  • Strong and high student achievement scores notwithstanding less funding and higher class sizes
  • Improved collaboration with the community and parent clubs to maximize financial resources
  • Maintaining a fiscally and financially sound budget throughout the years
  • County Office of Education approved district’s adopted budgets
  • Earned positive certification of the district’s interim reports
  • Received audit reports with no major findings, exceptions, and recommendations
  • Met all federal and state reporting deadlines and requirements
  • Continued non-adversarial and collaborative negotiations with bargaining units absent salary raises in several years and implementation of furlough days in one year

What are the challenges?

  • Persistent and increasing revenue cuts from the State
  • Measure B & Measure J Parcel Tax will expire on June 30, 2015 – current amount $518.00 (currently $4.4 million or 16% of revenues budget)
  • Maintaining programs amid shrinking funds
  • Providing a salary raise for district staff
  • Increasing costs of health and welfare benefits

What are the next steps?

  • Begin work on renewing the parcel taxes (Measure J and Measure B)
  • Continue to review programs, processes and procedures for added efficiencies and savings
  • Closely monitor district budget to insure fiscal and financial sustainability despite of ongoing State funding cuts