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October 8, 2013

Shortfalls: not as cute as they sound

Filed under: Alameda, School — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Tonight’s School Board meeting is rather important because the School Board will be asked to start making strategic decisions on how to begin cutting from the budget.  According to this agenda item:

The 2012-2013 Unaudited Actuals reflected a 2015-2016 General Fund negative ending fund balance of ($2.6M). This requires the District to utilize reserves to balance the shortfalls. In addition the District is required to set aside funds to address the Measure H Parcel Tax liability a potential shortfall of ($7.4). Staff is looking for direction from the Board how to address these shortfalls.

Let’s see if all of the members on the Board can manage to focus long enough to give direction.

If all of the assumptions remain, the School District will drain its reserves by the 2015-2016 School year.  One of the assumptions is that Alameda will still collect the Base Revenue, of course the State is moving to the Local Control Funding Formula but that won’t be fully implemented for years so using the lower number (or the baseline number) is good for conservative budgeting.   But it doesn’t appear that the projected budget even covers the set aside for the potential Measure H payback.

It looks like we’ll again be talking about how important certain programs are and few will want to make the hard decisions to cut programs, it looks like these may be the ones up for consideration:

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And here’s what the parcel tax is currently funding:

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We might have to have some big community wide discussion, again, about small class sizes and neighborhood schools and how those affect the overall budget.   We could just do nothing and hope that LCFF will solve the budget problems by funneling more money into the district budget, but there’s still the matter of the Measure H money and no amount of LCFF scaling will cover that amount of money.



  1. Why do high school athletics seems to be getting a pass? It is one of the larger amounts in the first chart but there is no year-to-year reduction shown. (I played soccer and water polo in high school and loved them–learned a lot, too. But with this much red ink, immunity does not work.)

    What additional revenues can AUSD generate to cover the gap? Are cuts the only option?

    Comment by Jon Spangler — October 8, 2013 @ 10:07 am

  2. I don’t think it’s getting a pass (high school athletics) it’s on all three years of potential cuts in the first slide.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 8, 2013 @ 10:33 am

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