GO Board Watch: October 10, 2017

Welcome to GO’s School Board Watch for the meeting taking place Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

This week’s agenda includes the following key items:

  • 2017/18 Budget Adjustments
  • Measure G1 Funds for Country-Authorized Charters
  • Roadmap to English Language Learner Achievement

Check out the full agenda.

Budget and Finance

2017/18 Budget Adjustments

In light of the recent Closing of the Books, which revealed that OUSD ended 2016-17 with a 0.5% financial reserve (well below the state-required 2%) and previewed the need to amend the current year’s budget, the Board will be hearing a presentation from OUSD staff about the need for and scope of possible additional adjustments to the 2017-18 budget. The proposed adjustments – totaling $7.2 million – would increase the financial reserve to 2% and provide a $6 million cushion in case of unforeseen costs. How those adjustments will be made is not a part of this presentation, but is expected in the coming weeks.

Tax Measures

Measure G1 Funds for Country-Authorized Charters

The Board is scheduled to vote on a new version of a resolution to extend Measure G1 funds to county-authorized charter public schools. This version of the resolution no longer recommends that county-authorized charters make a “good faith” effort to become district-authorized to be eligible for the funds. Instead it states, “All schools receiving G1 funds will be subject to the same application, oversight and audit requirements.”


Roadmap to English Language Learner Achievement

The Board will hear a presentation from Supt. Kyla Johnson-Trammell on the progress of OUSD’s English Language Learner Achievement (ELLA) program and plans to continue improving services for ELL students.

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