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School board to hear enrollment update, discuss cash reserve

By From page A1 | September 18, 2013

The Davis school board is scheduled to hear updates on fall enrollment, last-minute hires and summer school programs, as well as a proposal to increase the school district’s cash reserves, at its meeting Thursday night.

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

Some 270 students participated in the first summer session at the junior high and high school level, and another 242 took part in the second summer session, with classes held at Holmes Junior High. This year’s migrant summer program, held at Montgomery Elementary School, drew 46 elementary students.

The Davis Adult School’s summer program offered 20 classes this summer, with a combined enrollment of 388 students. The special education extended school year program served 30 preschool students, with nine students participating in the Autism Behavior Clinic. The extended school year program also served 46 elementary students and 29 secondary students.

A total of 8,525 students are enrolled for the 2013-14 academic year, which began in August. That represents a slight drop from the 8,553 students last fall. Enrollment figures as of Aug. 30 are Fairfield School (K-3), 56 students; Montgomery Elementary, 416; Birch Lane Elementary, 606; North Davis Elementary, 561; Pioneer Elementary, 514; Chávez Elementary, 638; Willett Elementary, 514; Patwin Elementary, 391; Korematsu Elementary, 545; Emerson Junior High, 451; Harper Junior High, 619; Holmes Junior High, 733; Davis High, 1,712; King High, 45; Davis School for Independent Study, 97; and Da Vinci Charter Academy (grades 7-12), 608.

Average class size across the district is 27 students in grades K-3, 29 students in grades 4-6, 32 students in grades 7-9 and 34 students in grades 10-12.

Trustees also will receive a report on interdistrict transfer students, those who live outside the Davis district and attending a school here. This year, there are 511 approved interdistrict transfers. That number includes 298 continuing students who have a parent who works in Davis and 65 new students with a parent employed in Davis. Of those 65, a total of 34 students were from Davis families who moved out of the district and wanted their student to continue attending local schools.

Another 148 students attend Davis schools on interdistrict transfers not related to a parent’s job, including 91 continuing students and 57 new students. Of the latter number, 41 students are from Davis families who moved out of the district and wanted their student to continue attending Davis schools.

There are also 113 names on a waiting list for interdistrict transfers, including 74 requests for employment-related admission.

In addition, there are 113 students who have intradistrict transfers. These are students who live in the district who have requested an assignment to a campus other than their neighborhood school. There are another 87 students who have requested such transfers and are on a waiting list.

The school board also will hear a proposal from Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby to establish a 5 percent cash reserve in the school district’s budget. Colby’s agenda notes state, “As we recover from the (state budget crisis of the last four years) and look forward to a recovery stage, we need to reflect on the challenges we faced and update fiscal policies to help maintain fiscal sustainability. …

“Our current budget policy is the state(-mandated) minimum 3 percent (cash) reserve plus a 1 percent contingency reserve. If we had dropped to a 4 percent reserve during the crisis, we would have run out of cash and been fiscally insolvent. As a minimum going forward, I recommend a 5 percent fund balance reserve backed by cash. I also recommend we draft a policy to cap deficit spending at $500,000.

“Maintaining these measures will help the district to make responsible budget decisions as we develop our long-term budget recovery,” Colby said.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffHudsonDE


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