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1 UPLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT UPLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Charting a Safe Course During a State Fiscal Crisis STATE AND FEDERAL BUDGET UPDATES Presented by Gary Rutherford, Ed.D. Superintendent February 24, 2009

2  Following a long delay, the and state budget package finally came together amidst a whirlwind of deal-making and political drama  Budget bill language has only recently become available – our initial analysis is derived from briefing with legislative staff, budget language and analyses from state fiscal consultants  The information contained in this report is subject to further clarification as information becomes available OVERVIEW AND DISCLAIMERS

3  Even with a budget package finally in place, the state’s financial condition remains critical. The structural problems at the state level have not been addressed ($11 billion in borrowing, over-stated revenue projections, depends on voter approval).  Factors education leaders will continue to consider:  State’s credit rating is at junk bond status  State revenues are projected to continue dropping through 2009 and into 2010  K-Adult Education will experience historic mid-year and budget year reductions  If revenues continue to drop, additional reductions are possible  We are monitoring cash flow status on a weekly basis  We may have a clearer picture by May Revise THE STATE OF THINGS

4  Adopted budget is a two-year package:  mid-year K-Adult reductions and deferrals  reductions and deferrals  Lowers the Prop 98 funding level in the current and budget years  Requires voter approval of five special election proposals  All must pass in order for the plan to hold together  One includes future restoration of Prop 98 maintenance factor (Prop 1C)  Special election scheduled for May 19, 2009 THE BUDGET “CORRECTION” PACKAGE

5  Reduces current year Prop 98 funding by more than $6 billion – via mix of reductions, deferrals and re-designation of funds  funding cuts to K-12 = $1.9 billion  Eliminates the.68 COLA (no COLA for )  50% from revenue limits (about $160 per ADA)  50% from a 15% ($944 million overall) across- the-board cut to specified categorical programs K-ADULT FUNDING:

6 5.66% COLA Nov %COLA 2007/08 LEVEL $6,138 $ 5,862 REVENUE LIMIT FUNDING: Jan %CUT $5,544 PROPOSED 2.63%CUT $5,656 ADOPTED Feb

7 Summary of Proposed State Cuts  Elimination of.68 COLA$429,000  4.5% Additional Cut$3,278,887 SUBTOTAL$3,707,887 Summary of Adopted State Cuts  Elimination of.68 COLA$429,000  2.63% Additional Cut$1,875,011 SUBTOTAL$2,304,011 Impact on UUSD:

8  Eliminates $2.5 billion in Prop 98 funding from 5.02% COLA for school districts and county offices – no COLA FOR  Additional $530 million reduction to Prop 98 base due to revised base  $265 million through cuts to base revenue limit  $265 million through cuts to categorical programs  $114.2 million savings from elimination of the High Priority School Grant Program K-ADULT FUNDING:

9 REVENUE LIMIT FUNDING: PROPOSEDADOPTED 5.02% COLA 5.66% COLA $5, %CUT 4.56%CUT 5.02% COLA 2.63%CUT.958%CUT $5, % COLA $6,447 Cumulative loss from statutory level = $1,041 per ADA) $6,447 Cumulative loss from statutory level = $947 per ADA)

10 Summary of Proposed State Cuts .68 Cut carried forward$429,000  4.5% Cut carried forward$3,278,887  2.5% Additional Cut$1,782,331  Previously identified Cuts$3,900,000 SUBTOTAL$9,390,218 Summary of Adopted State Cuts .68 Cut carried forward$429,000  2.63% Cut carried forward$1,875,011  0.958% Additional Cut$712,932  Previously identified Cuts$3,900,000 SUBTOTAL$6,916,943 Impact on UUSD:

11 Adopted Mid Year Cuts  Elimination of.68 COLA$429,000  2.63% Additional Cut$1,875,011 SUBTOTAL$2,304, Adopted Budget . 68 Cut carried forward$429,000  2.63% Cut carried forward$1,875,011  0.958% Additional Cut$712,932  Previously identified Cuts$3,900,000 SUBTOTAL$6,916,943 Impact on UUSD: Base Revenue Limit Summary of Adopted State Budget

12 The State Solution: Categorical Cuts and Flexibility  Categorical programs are divided into three tiers to protect some and provide flexibility to others  TIER I: No funding reduction, no program flexibility, no statutory requirements waived  TIER II: Funding reduction of about 15% from levels; NO flexibility; must be operated according to current requirements  TIER III: Funding reduction of about 15%; maximum flexibility to shift spending for any educational purpose  Changes start this year and continue until

13 The State’s Solution: Categorical Cuts and Flexibility  TIER I: Child Development, Child Nutrition, EIA, K-3 CSR, Prop 49 after school, Special Ed, Home to School Transportation, QEIA  TIER II: State Testing, ELAP, plus ten others not significant in UUSD  TIER III: All other state categoricals, including Adult Ed, supplemental grants for music, PE, arts, school counseling, PAR, ROP, instructional materials (textbooks), Gr. 9 CSR, GATE, CAHSEE support, CBET, and dozens of others…

14 There were SOME changes in…  Reduced penalties for K-3 Class Size Reduction  Accessing prior year categorical balances (sweep ups) from only for any educational purpose – with 8 programs excluded  Routine Restricted Maintenance Transfer (reduce transfer from 3 to 1 percent until )  Deferred Maintenance – Eliminates local.5% statutory match until  Mega Item categorical flex provision - replaced with broader flexibility package  Instructional materials timelines suspended for two years – must maintain Williams compliance

15 There were NO changes to…  Current law regarding Reserve for Economic Uncertainty (3 percent)  Minimum number of minutes and the minimum school year remains 180 days  K-Adult mandated cost reimbursement program remains in place – the district will continue to process claims and maintain records

16 The Nation’s Solution: The Federal Stimulus Package  K-12 will benefit primarily from:  State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (UUSD est. TBD)  IDEA - Special Education (UUSD est. $2,530,000)  Title I – Restricted (UUSD est. $1,135,000)  It is one-time money  Districts won’t see funds until after July 1, 2009  Unable to factor into budget solution  May not be able to include in budget by June deadline; hope to be able to add in fall  Awaiting instructions from Feds, CDE & County

17 What does all this mean?  The cuts to the base revenue limit were not as deep as the Governor’s proposal – but they are still the largest reductions in public education’s history and the impact will be devastating  The flexibility to shift state categorical funds to address these losses is not as broad as proposed by the Governor – limiting district’s ability to shift funds to protect our core programs and meet local priorities  In summary, the combination of the cut in the district’s income and the updated “menu” of solution options is no better and no worse than earlier projected. The district has some very difficult decisions to make and implement

18 More questions than answers…  How will the district’s Supplemental Early Retirement Program affect lay-off decisions?  What does the change in penalties for K-3 CSR mean to districts?  How much of the federal money will make it through to districts – and how much discretion will there be to spend what we receive?  What will happen in the May Special Election… and what is the State’s back-up plan?

19 Q: How will Upland USD respond?  Enhance the bottom line by the spending and hiring freeze implemented in November (this is one-time money)  Conservative, planned deficit spending using supplemental reserves, again a temporary ‘fix’  Exercise categorical flexibility in state budget with discretion; factor in Federal Stimulus Package once confirmed A: We will “stay the course.”

20 How will Upland USD respond?  Identify additional revenue sources  Identify additional cuts in spending  Seek negotiated solutions with employees  Hope for the best; plan for the worst  Communicate and stay focused  Advocate, advocate, advocate

21 Early- Issue lay-off notices to 78.5 certificated Marchnon-management employees - Issue release/reassignment letters to all certificated administrators Mid- Issue lay-off notices to classified Marchemployees (number & positions TBD) April - Make decision re: SERP program participation Ongoing- Monitor budget & revisit lay-off actions May- Analyze Governor’s May Revise By June- Adopt Budget NEXT STEPS

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