The San Marcos Unified School District board tentatively passed a $227 million budget Tuesday, narrowly avoiding anticipated deficits for the 2018-19 school year.The school district, which serves about 20,000 students in North County, originally expected to run a deficit of more than $17 million for the coming school year. However, increases in state education funding helped stave off that shortfall. The district made spending cuts in recent months, and drew on other funds to close the remaining gap between revenue and expenses.The budget approved Tuesday projects that San Marcos schools will spend about $227.3 million in the 2018-19 school year, and bring in revenues of $220.5 million. The balance of about $6.8 million comes from district reserves, and from one-time state funds, said Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Mark Schiel. That will leave the district with a balanced budget, but with little left over.“We will have our required 3 percent minimum reserve, but there will be nothing above and beyond that” at the end of next school year, Schiel said.California state law requires districts to maintain reserves of at least 3 percent, Schiel said, but the average reserve for Unified School Districts is about 17 percent. If a school district falls too far below the requirements for maintaining balanced budgets and adequate reserves, the County Office of Education may step in to offer support, and intervene directly in spending decisions and labor agreements, according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office.
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City-School District Joint Meeting on School Development
A comprehensive update on Task Force progress will be shared during a joint public meeting between the San Marcos City Council and the San Marcos School Board on Thursday, March 29 at 6 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive.
Last July, the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Unified School District established the Joint Task Force on School Development (Task Force) to formally partner in planning for the future of San Marcos schools.
With a decade’s long history of supporting one another, the city and district serve the community of San Marcos together and their destinies are intertwined.
While growth presents challenges, it also brings energy to the community and strengthens the local economy. Growth has been instrumental in supporting a robust School District and is a key component in providing funds to build future schools.
The recently established Task Force is focused on sharing information with their respective elected bodies and the public, identifying possible locations for school sites, and planning for the future.
Already, the Task Force has taken numerous steps to understand school needs and growth trends, and to come up with solutions for the current challenges:
- Data Sharing & Growth Projections: While the district regularly collects data regarding growth trends, the Task Force has further examined information on the City General Plan – a 20+ year long term planning document –and data regarding actual build out.By analyzing current and anticipated residential growth, the School District is better able to determine its needs to increase capacity at school sites and to locate and purchase land for new school sites.
- Exploring Options for Schools: The Task Force continues to review options for addressing increasing student enrollment across the city.Options include ways to optimize existing schools to handle current and projected demand, and ways to increase resources for school infrastructure.
- School Site Search: A focus of the Task Force has been to identify possible sites for new schools.The district is in the initial phases of exploring several potential sites.
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After a great deal of discussion, the Governing Board approved Scenario 6 of the Attendance Boundary Committee’s recommendations at tonight’s Board meeting.
— San Marcos USD (@SanMarcosUSD) February 21, 2018
At Tuesday evening’s Board Meeting, the Governing Board voted to select the boundary adjustments recommended by the Attendance Boundary Committee in Scenario 6.
In addition, the Governing Board approved an implementation plan beginning with the 2018-19 school year. This plan provides various grandfathering provisions to current students in effected study areas at the elementary, middle and high schools.
Over the next several weeks, staff will be working to take the direction received from the Governing Board and implement it for 2018-19. The grandfathering provisions will be clearly explained. In addition, we are preparing attendance boundary maps that reflect the changes and can be more easily read by our community. Information will be posted on the District website and individuals impacted will be personally notified via US mail and/or email. We appreciate your patience as we work through the details of this change.
Melissa Hunt, Superintendent
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Attendance Boundary Committee December Update from SMUSD
On December 7th, the District’s Attendance Boundary Committee (Committee) met for the third time. The Committee is tasked with providing two recommendations to the Governing Board.
- Recommendation #1: Propose adjustments to current attendance boundaries to optimize student capacity at each school.
- Recommendation #2: Propose an implementation plan / schedule for the Board-approved attendance boundary adjustments.
- On January 16th, 2018, the Governing Board will hear a presentation from the Attendance Boundary Committee Chair on the recommendations from the Committee. There will be no vote or action by the Governing Board at this meeting.
- The week prior to the January 16th meeting, the recommendations will be placed on the District’s website for community review. Instructions will be uploaded in how to view the maps and a link will be made available where comments may be submitted.
- The Governing Board has the option to hold special board meeting to further study the recommendations from the Attendance Boundary Committee prior the the meeting on February 20, 2018.
- The soonest the Governing Board would vote on attendance boundary changes will be at the meeting on February 20, 2018.
Budget shortfalls at San Marcos Unified School District are forcing the district to look at larger class sizes, staff cuts and other belt-tightening measures to save $35 million over the next three years.The school board discussed the need to trim spending at a meeting Tuesday when it received its first interim budget report.The district has warned that its funding is not keeping pace with escalating costs for employee pensions, special education, transportation, energy and healthcare. That leaves it with projected deficits of $13 million this year, and up to $23 million by the 2019-20 school year.San Marcos Unified expects to spend nearly $219 million this year, but will receive just $205 million in revenue, the district reported. By 2019-20, its costs will rise above $242 million, but revenues will be $219 million, school officials project.To make up that shortfall, it will need to take cost-cutting measures starting this year, said Mark Schiel, assistant superintendent for business services for San Marcos schools.The district has 20,939 students, and employs 1,097 teachers, 90 managers and 598 other staff positions. It aims to trim $20 million over two years through labor concessions from its unions and from management employees.
READ MORE VIA Source: San Marcos making hard choices to close budget deficit – The San Diego Union-Tribune
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San Elijo Middle Volleyball plays Double Peak School at 6:00 PM tonight 11/9/17 at Mission Hills High for league finals! San Marcos High plays Saturday for CIF D2 Championship.