Lori L. Isom
Business Services operations comprise the foundational support of the total school program. This department is the service agency which indirectly assists in educating the students.
Economic Impact Aid (EIA)
Proposition 30 Passes
On November 6th, California voters approved Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax initiative. Approval of this measure allows for:
· Increases to personal income tax on annual earnings of $250,000 retroactive to January 1, 2012
through December 31, 2018;
· Increases in the sales and use tax by ¼ cent beginning January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016;
· Allocation of these temporary tax revenues for K-14 education as well as other state funding uses.
The measure will generate about $6 billion annually in temporary new revenues for most years, with smaller amounts raised this year (2012-13) and in the final year of the tax increase. The funds generated from the measure will be used to fund the Education Protection Account (EPA). The funds will be allocated to districts in June 2013 this first year, and then on a quarterly basis in future years. These funds will be used to keep districts flat-funded, which means they will receive the same base revenue limit per student as they did last year prior to the one-time mid-year revenue limit reduction. Additionally, the state will begin paying back a portion of the deferrals that have been in place for five years.
Specifically for Central School District, it means that we are able to restore the $441 per student reduction included in the 2012-13 Budget adopted by the Governing Board at its June meeting. The amount added back into the budget annually for the 2012-13 and future fiscal years is $2.1 million. While the budget has been restored, the cash flow will not be restored with these new EPA funds until June. At the end of June, the district anticipates receiving $5 million, or 23% of its annual revenue limit funding. As mentioned earlier, this allocation of the EPA funds will be on a quarterly basis in future years, so the strain on cash flow will not be as great.
While it is certainly wonderful news that the education community will not face the anticipated draconian cuts had the proposition not passed, we must understand that many school districts are receiving less money per student than they did in 2007-08. Central School District is currently funded at $4,986 per student, while the 2007-08 funding was $5,535; a difference of $549 per student, or about $2.5 million less annually. Even with this substantial reduction in funding, the District continues to concentrate on its top priority – our students. We do not focus on what we do not have, but instead determine what is best for student achievement and implement plans and strategies to accomplish our goals with the resources we do have.
The Governor will present his 2013-14 Budget Proposal in mid-January. That information will be the basis to update our current budget and build the 2013-14 district budget.
Bond Projects Update
In November 2008 the Central School District taxpayers approved Measure A, allowing for General Obligation (GO) Bonds in the amount of $31 million to be issued. Per the statement on the ballot, the funds were to be used by the District to
“…improve, repair, replace, upgrade aging classrooms, restrooms, electrical systems, wiring, lighting, heating, ventilation, air condition systems and other school facilities/sites to meet current safety standards, provide emergency communication safety systems, computer/technology upgrades, construct/acquire facilities and equipment and replace outdated portable classrooms with permanent classrooms.”
The District was able to issue $14.5 million in March 2009 to begin the projects identified by the Board and community as priority one projects. That work included installing fencing around the perimeters of all of our schools for safety and security; replacing playground equipment to ensure current safety standards are met at the elementary schools; replacing inefficient lighting and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units for energy conservation and savings; installing/updating current (2008 standards) technology in every classroom; installing a fiber-optic network for greater technology demand; upgrading the student information system; completing and upgrading the fitness centers at the two middle schools; building a regulation track at Cucamonga Middle School; and constructing a new 2-story, 14 classroom building and restrooms at Bear Gulch Elementary School.
Throughout the last three and a half years periodic updates have been shared with the community. Most of the work described above has been completed, with the exception of the replacement of the HVAC units for energy conservation and savings and the technology installation in every classroom. The energy conservation project is scheduled to be complete by late winter. The technology upgrade has been an on-going project since 2009. Each year approximately 50 classrooms are installed with a new Smart Board, laptop, and sound system to enhance student learning and achievement. Not only is the equipment installed, but teachers are provided intense training so they can seamlessly implement the use of technology throughout their students’ learning. It is anticipated that all classrooms on all campuses will have the new technology by the 2014-15 school year.
If you have not had the opportunity to see all of the work completed through the GO bonds, we encourage you to click on Completion of First Priority Bond Projects – Part 1 and Part 2 (see links below) as presented to the Board on November 15, 2012.
A color brochure of the completed work will also be mailed to the community in early spring 2013.
Another round of GO bond funding from the remaining $16.5 million will be issued as soon as appropriate based on economic conditions of the state and local community. It is currently anticipated that these funds will be available in 2015. As that timeline draws closer, the Board will once again review the District’s needs to determine the best use of the available funds within the parameters of Measure A.
Community Budget Reports
Community Budget Reports are available to view on the Fiscal Services homepage. Click on the link below to navigate there directly.