This section is intended to provide current and relative budgetary and financial information for the Miller Creek School District. This will include not only the most recent information on the district’s finances, but news on the state budget and potential impact to the district.
After several years of state budget cuts the state budget provided a welcome increase in state funding through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which has now been fully funded. The state provided additional one-time discretionary funds in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18. One time are being distributed in 2018-19 but not expected to be continuing into out years.
Expected enrollment growth has not materialized and higher than expected increases in overall costs including Special Education and on-going increases from the State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) and Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) have put additional strains on the district’s budget and the general fund reserve level.
Some issues that continue to be a challenge to the overall financial health of the District
Miller Creek School District’s comparison of state funding: In comparing state funding under the LCFF, Miller Creek School District is among the lowest in the state in per pupil funding. In addition, we compete with many Basic Aid districts in Marin County who receive more funding per pupil.
Continued deficit spending: Since 2010-11, Miller Creek School District has been deficit spending 5 of the last 6 years. It continues to be imperative that the District explore and implement on-going strategies to eliminate the structural deficit.
General Fund Reserve Levels: Based on recent comparisons Miller Creek School District has the lowest reserve level in Marin County school districts. The importance of a strong reserve level was evident that during the past recession Miller Creek was able to maintain staff and the programs that make the district special. With our low reserve we have very little room for any unanticipated expenditures.
Unless our financial situation improves it will be extremely difficult to maintain our current programs. The Miller Creek School Board has requested that a Superintendent's Budget Committee be established to address these issues.
Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
As part of the 2013/14 State Budget, Governor Brown was successful in implementing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This replaced the existing revenue limit formula that was used to determine the level of state funding for school districts. This was the biggest reform in school finance in over 40 years. Governor Brown has committed to fully fund the formula over the next several years. For some school districts LCFF has proven to be a windfall with substantial increase in funding while for others the formula has resulted in little or no growth in revenues. In the past every school would receive the same level of new funding per pupil. Now under LCFF every school district receives a different level of new funding per pupil, even those in the same geographical area and with similar demographics.
Starting in the 2014/15 school year, Miller Creek School District was no longer a Basic Aid school district and instead is a state funded school district under LCFF. Under LCFF the district will receive additional state funding under LCFF but there there was also a loss of certain funding that the district received as a Basic Aid district.
Under LCFF each school district and county office is required to prepare an annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is a guide for documenting student achievement outcomes and aligning the district’s expenditures to specifics goals for student achievement. As the part of the LCAP school districts must identify how they will provide programs that better serve low income, English language learners and foster youths. In developing their LCAP goals districts must consult with parents, staff, students and their local bargaining unit. The LCAP must be updated annually.
2018-19 1st Interim Budget
2018-19 Adopted Budget
2017-18 2nd Interim
2017-18 1st Interim
2017-18 Adopted Budget
2016-17 Unaudited Actuals
2016-17 2nd Interim
2016-17 1st Interim
2016-17 Adopted Budget
2015-16 Unaudited Actuals
2015-16 2nd Interim
2015-16 1st Interim
2015-16 Adopted Budget
2014-15 Unaudited Actuals
2014-15 Adopted Budget
Prior Year's Information
Other Financial Information
Financial Audit Reports
Proposition 30 - EPA Account
Parcel Tax Oversight Committee
Formation and Purpose of Committee