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School board to hear updates on maintenance projects, budget

By From page A4 | June 03, 2014

The Davis school board will review the proposed $20 million-plus financing plan to address backlogged maintenance and facilities projects across the district, and take a first look projects that will be included, when it meets Thursday evening.

Trustees also will hear a budget update from Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby covering the governor’s May budget revision, which contains both good news and bad news for the Davis district.

The agenda also include recognition of this year’s retirees, recognition of the award-winning Citrus Circuits robotics team and the presentation of a check for $27,800 from the Davis School Arts Foundation in support of school arts programs.

The financing plan for backlogged maintenance and facilities projects was outlined at the May 1 school board meeting, and will be reviewed briefly on Thursday. The district plans to pay for the projects by borrowing against future revenues from the district’s two community facilities districts.

Thursday’s agenda includes a document detailing the amounts that will be spent at each school. Some of the bigger-ticket items include roofing work at Emerson Junior High School ($1.4 million), heating/cooling systems at Davis High School ($1.6 million), parking lot resurfacing/striping at Davis High School ($1.5 million), and portable classroom replacement at Chávez Elementary ($2.6 million), Harper Junior High ($2.6 million) and North Davis Elementary ($1.3 million).

Most schools will come in for some kind of roofing work, new flooring and upgraded fire alarm systems, the exceptions being Harper, King High, Korematsu Elementary and Montgomery Elementary, which were built after 2000. All schools will get funding for interior/exterior surfaces (painting, stucco, blinds, etc.)

The local update on the governor’s May budget revision is a good news/bad news situation for the school district. The good news is that the proposed state budget, which includes the recently adopted Local Control Funding Formula for education, likely will yield $4 million in additional ongoing state funding for the Davis schools.

That money will be used to address inflation/cost increases, deficit spending reduction, K-3 class size, career technical education, maintenance, employee compensation and the costs associated with the new Local Control Accountability Plan, which is required under the new funding formula.

The not-so-good news is a proposal that would have school districts step up the amount of money they put into the State Teacher Retirement System and related retirement programs in 2014-15. According to the budget summary, this move on the governor’s part had been expected, but “it was originally discussed as a 2015-16 expectation. … Regardless of the year of implementation, this impact on the district budget is $500,000 to $600,000 for the State Teacher Retirement System employer rate. … The increase for the employer Public Employee Retirement System is $100,000 to $300,000 per year …

“These proposed increases, without additional projected funding from the state, will consume a substantial amount of projected growth funding for the Local Control Funding Formula.”

Elsewhere on the agenda, the school board will:

* Receive a presentation on instructional materials for junior high and high school math courses; and

* Review and approve tax rates for the coming year for Community Facilities District No. 1, Community Facilities District No. 2, parcel tax Measure C and parcel tax Measure E.

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.

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

Jeff Hudson

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