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Board Highlights

Miller Creek Regular Meeting of the Board
May 12, 2020


Golden Bell Honorees

Ms. Kristy Treewater presented a beautiful slideshow for the Board highlighting the things we admire and appreciate about our beloved Golden Bell winners.  The winners for this year are:  
Rachel Stone, Teacher at Vallecito
Nicole Camarda, Teacher at Lucas Valley
Kathy Presson, Teacher Mary Silveira
Kathy Jung, PE Teacher Miller Creek
Teri Edell, Secretary Lucas Valley
Hugo Pineda, Custodian Vallecito
Deb Pauley, Miller Creek Middle School

Here is a link to the presentation.

State Budget update
Ms. Ryland shared with the Board that many of the proposed increases for education contained in the Governor’s January budget will no longer be possible due to the huge State deficit created by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that there will be significant cuts to the California budget which will in turn dramatically impact the District’s budget.  It is currently projected that there will be a decrease of approximately $18.3 billion of Prop. 98 funding.  We will learn more when the Governor reveals his May Budget Revision on May 14, 2020.

Miller Creek May Budget Update
Ms. Ryland shared a presentation with the Board that can be found as an attachment to the May 12, 2020, agenda.  Key messages were as follows:

  1. Cash flow is critical during these uncertain times.  
  2. The FCMAT advisory is recommending CBOs prepare multiple budget scenarios because there are a lot of unknowns at the moment. COLA is expected to be negative based on state budget issues.

  3. State cash deferrals are expected with the district not receiving actual cash from the state until late July, so the district must plan for this temporary cash shortfall with a TAN addendum.

  4. The goal of the district is to eliminate deficit spending by the end of 2021.

  5. The actions the Board took at the last board meeting (suspend TK, reduce inter-district transfers and reduce contracted busing) resulted in an essentially balanced budget. Ms. Ryland noted these were difficult but important decisions.

  6. District budget development with possible further cuts is underway with a hearing in June.

  7. The State will release budget revisions in the late summer after income taxes are received in July, and this could further affect District budgeting. 

LCAP Update​​​​​​​
Ms. Treewater presented her update on the District’s LCAP.  She shared with the Board that the State issued order N-56-20 on April 22, 2020, which changed the LCAP plan.  The deadline for the LCAP was moved to December 15, 2020.  The revised template for the LCAP is TBD.  The State delayed the implementation of the three year LCAP until 2021/22 thru 2023/24.  A written report providing an overview of changes in the programs offered by the District in response to COVID-19 is expected and will go before the Board for approval by July 1, 2020. Ms. Treewater’s full board report on the LCAP can be found here.

Report on Equity Learning and Action Committee
Ms. Treewater presented to the board the considerable work the equity committee was able to complete before having to suspend due to the Shelter In Place.  She shared that prior to the pandemic the Equity Working Group (EWG) was able to hold four meetings which were co-facilitated by the non-profit “Facing History and Ourselves”. The group produced a draft Equity Framework Tool. Leaders at the District have already begun to use the tool in draft form to ask key questions.  This tool  as well as Ms. Treewater’s full board report on the Equity Learning and Action Committee can be found as an attachment on the May 12, 2020, agenda.

Policy Update
Ms. Rosales told the Board that the District plans to bring a full set of updated policies to the Board at a regular June meeting for review and possible global adoption.