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Principal’s Message 2/28

Date: February 27, 2011 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Hello Brittan Acres community. I hope last week’s break gave you opportunities to reconnect and recreate away from the routines of school. I’m happy to be back with you!

Budget Update
Following Dr. Baker’s presentation to our School Site Council and PTA leadership February 15, I want to share the big picture and a few details about the budget situation for San Carlos Schools.

First, let me acknowledge this amazing district full of dedicated and hardworking families, teachers, and staff, all pulling together to continually improve education for our students. Certainly there are few places in California where so much positive community energy is expended to support excellence in public schools. I thank each of you for your contributions to this worthy cause.

I’m sure you are aware that every year for the past several years in California, federal and state funding for education has been cut. In 2011-12, our district expects to lose an additional $560,000 in funding from those sources. Our School Board recently approved a ballot measure to renew expiring funding from Measure D, without which the district will lose an additional $1 million in revenues. Finally, if the governor’s proposed ballot initiative to renew California’s expiring “emergency taxes” does not win approval from 2/3 of the state’s voters, the district will lose an additional $1 million in funding. In earlier talks this year, Dr. Baker summarized the above as San Carlos School District’s “$2.56 million problem.”

Subsequent to the February 17 board meeting, Dr. Baker is announcing two options for budget target adjustments, as a way to “smooth” expected funding losses over the next three years:

  • Plan A: Assuming the State Tax Initiatives fail and the new Measure A Parcel Tax passes, the district will aim for a 5% Reserve in 2013-14, with deficit spending of $650,000. The district will plan budget adjustments of $1.35 million for the next three years.
  • Plan B: Assuming both State Tax Initiatives and the new Measure A Parcel Tax fail, the district will aim for 3% reserves (the minimum requirement) in 2013-14, with deficit spending of $800,000. In this case, the district will plan budget adjustments of $2 million for the next three years.

I know you care as deeply as I do about our children’s everyday experiences in school. We want their education to be dynamic, meaningful, and elevating. Rather than become dispirited by the current financial situation, what is required of us is to rise to the challenge with courage and commitment. I will count on you to do your best, and you can count on me to do the same. We are in this together, and for that I am grateful.

Best wishes,
John Triska