By Jeanine Fiser, Reporter
The Clovis Unified School District (CUSD) plans to spend around $9,500 per student next year based on the $573 million budget approved by the district’s governing board during their regular meeting held June 15th.
According to the CUSD’s Adopted Budget Book, the budget focus heavily on the district’s vision of being “America’s benchmark for excellence in education.”
The budget’s primary source of funding comes from the local control funding formula (LCFF). The formula is designed to target student needs, especially those that are English learners, come from low income families or are foster children.
Clovis unified has a lower population of these types of students and tends to receive less funding as a result. Still, LCFF revenue accounts for 81 percent of the 2016-17 general fund budget, around $337 million.
Part of the budget includes a salary schedule adjustment, another item approved at the meeting, allowing for an increase of $6.69 million in salary and benefit costs. Chief Communication Officer Kelly Avants said the single-year adjustment applies to all employees, except for a union-represented group of operations employees who are still in negotiations with the district.
“Our classified and certificated employees are self represented and we work collaboratively through our Employee Compensation Committee to develop suggestions for the Board to consider,” Avants said. “It is a joint effort, and positive reflection on the great relationship we have between our employees and administration.”
According to the disclosure of collective bargaining agreement between the district and employee units, the increase is funded by the 2016-17 budget. Based on “multi-year projections, the District has sufficient funds to pay for this proposal and maintain our Board required 6% general fund reserve.”
The district’s local control accountability plan (LCAP) for 2016 to 2019 was also approved at the meeting. Each year the plan, always covering a three-year period, is updated.
“We have found the LCAP process and the dialogue it generates with our community to be extremely positive,” Avants said. “At parent meetings held this spring the proposed LCAP was very well received by parents, students and educators.”
Each June the district gives special recognition to those retiring, and this year was no exception. The meeting was preceded by a retirement reception where Resolution No. 3553 was read. The resolution later ratified at the meeting expressed “deep appreciation and honor” for the 116 retiring individuals who together “represent more than 2,730 years of service” to the district and community.