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SRVUSD board to talk budget changes

Stone Valley easement, Attendance Awareness Month, 'Speak Up Be Safe' also on tap

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to discuss revisions to its $300 million-plus budget for the new school year Tuesday evening.

The school district's 2015-16 general fund revenues are now projected at $310.4 million, with expenditures currently estimated at $281.3 million, according to Scott Anderson, the district's chief business officer.

Anderson will lead a presentation about a series of adjustments to the budget adopted by the board June 30, with many of the key changes due to budget revisions at the state level. The adopted district budget was based on assumptions from Gov. Jerry Brown's May budget revision, as opposed to the final budget adopted by the state in June.

On the district's revenue side, state funding will decrease by $2.8 million overall, comprised of a $2.2 million drop in anticipated one-time discretionary funds and a $656,996 reduction in Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) gap funding -- coupled with a $72,237 increase in mental health grant funding.

Local revenues will increase by $135,353 due to actual receipts of local donations compared to projections, Anderson noted.

Among changes on the expenditure side, district salaries will go up $334,122 due to increased sick leave benefits and local donations, but benefits costs will go down by $495,738 because medical premium increases were lower than expected, according to Anderson.

The district's general fund is now projected to have a $54.5 million balance at the end of the new school year, a budget reserve of 12.5%.

The board's budget discussion is among several items set for Tuesday's open-session meeting, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* The board will consider dedicating a public utility and right-of-way easement to the East Bay Municipal Utility District for a fire hydrant set to be moved onto the Stone Valley Middle School property in Alamo.

* Board members will discuss a resolution declaring September as Attendance Awareness Month.

* They will also receive a presentation about "Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe," new curriculum for child abuse and bullying prevention education. District staff proposes piloting the program at 10 local schools in January, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich.

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