SRVUSD board to consider budget revisions

Child safety awareness program, Attendance Awareness Month, Los Cerros assistant principal also on tap

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to discuss updating the district's budget for the current fiscal year Tuesday to reflect new information from the state's final adopted budget and local funding revisions.

The cumulative effect of the recommended changes would be an increase to the district's 2016-17 general fund reserves of almost $1.2 million, according to district staff.

The school board adopted the district budget in late June based on figures included in Gov. Jerry Brown's May revision to his earlier budget proposal, as is district practice. The board then typically revises its budget 45 days after adoption to account for updates at the local level and reflect budget details from the final state budget, approved by the legislature and signed by the governor in June.

The state budget reduced revenues to the district by about $760,000 due primarily to a reduction in one-time mandated cost payments from the state. Overall, the district's general fund revenues have decreased by $701,508 to a revised total of $328.2 million.

On the expense side, employee salary and benefit costs are reduced by almost $1.95 million, mainly because medical premium prices came in 2.48% below what was budgeted. District expenditures are reduced to $315.3 million for 2016-17.

The latest budget revisions result in the general fund having an estimated balance of $56.7 million at the end of the current school year, representing a reserve of about 11.1%. That reserve amount is projected to decrease to 8.6%, or just under $51 million, by 2018-19.

The board's budget discussion is set to lead its open-session meeting Tuesday, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the boardrooms at the district administrative complex, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* Board members will consider approving a $403,825 contract with the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County to implement the nonprofit's "Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe" program at all local elementary and middle schools.

Designed for students in first through sixth grades, the program uses curriculum and direct educational strategies with age-appropriate terminology, lesson plans and activities to teach students about child abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment and technology safety, according to district officials.

The program incorporates classroom lessons with follow-up activities from teachers and take-home instructional materials to encourage students to discuss the topics with their parents or caregivers, according to district staff.

The district contracted with the nonprofit last year for roughly $144,000 to pilot the program at 10 schools for the second half of the school year.

* The board will adopt a resolution in support of September as Attendance Awareness Month.

* Board members will also consider appointing a new assistant principal for Danville's Los Cerros Middle School as part of several personnel-related discussions scheduled for closed session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. before the open meeting.

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