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School board gets budget update, considers Roberson’s contract

By From page A3 | August 06, 2014

The Davis school board returns from its July break this week, with a meeting Thursday evening that has four topics on the agenda, ranging from budgetary matters to the superintendent’s contract.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. It will be carried live on Davis cable Channel 17 and as live streaming video at www.djusd.tv.

The trustees will hear a final report on the new state budget, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 20. According to agenda notes by Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby, the final version contains several elements that will impact the Davis school district.

“In summary, the current year is slightly better (than last),” Colby wrote, “but the next year is greatly reduced due to the Local Control Funding Formula growth projection change. The district will need to continue to be cautious in spending decisions as we consider employee compensation and balance educational plans and deficit spending levels.”

Elsewhere on the agenda, the school board will:

* Consider a contract addendum for Superintendent Winfred Roberson. If approved, the addendum would extend Roberson’s contract through June 2017, at a salary of $181,560 annually.

The salary figure represents the same 2 percent increase that was received by teachers and other employees and provides a one-time lump-sum payment of 2 percent of Roberson’s 2013-14 salary ($3,580), and a one-time retroactive payment of 2 percent of Roberson’s 2013-14 salary (also $3,580).

* Consider an administrative recommendation to establish a districtwide Curriculum and Instruction Committee. The new panel would provide advice on a range of educational issues that impact the instructional program of the district; tap into area expertise and build upon university partnerships; provide a wide range of professional perspectives; gather input on instructional materials, course descriptions, assessment techniques, etc.; review school and program plans; and provide alignment of programs across the district.

The new committee is a priority because the school district is phasing in the new Common Core academic standards, which involve changes in classroom instruction and the purchase of some new curriculum materials.

* Consider approval of a resolution relating to the district’s Education Protection Account.

According to Colby’s agenda notes, “Back in November 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, a state tax measure to bolster the revenue sources of the state budget that declined from the economic crisis. Prop. 30 allowed the state to stabilize funding to K-12 education, which included maintaining annual base revenue apportionments and reducing funding deferrals (late payments of apportionments, IOU’s).

“These funds are allocated through a new source named the Education Protection Account. On an annual basis, the district must acknowledge this source of funds and report out the use of the funds,” he continued.

“It is important to note that these funds are all budgeted and encumbered as part of our normal budget process. They are not new program funds; they are an alternate state funding source of base revenues that are part of our base funding formula from student attendance now allocated through the Local Control Funding Formula. This is an administrative financial accounting and reporting process.”

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.

Jeff Hudson

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