School district board to mull staff budget recommendations
FAIRFIELD — Where to divvy up some money will be one of the topics discussed Thursday at the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board meeting.
The district in August identified budget priorities for the 2013-14 additional money provided under the state’s new funding formula, now designated as the Local Control Funding Formula. One of the recommendations was to beef up the reserves over the next four years to total an additional $2.2 million. Funding for the increase would come from the unappropriated ending fund balance at the end of each fiscal year.
The additional four priority areas are employee compensation; support for elementary physical education and visual performing arts; maintenance and custodial; and guidance and counseling. Staff administration is recommending a series of financial additions within these areas. These include:
- A minimum of $268,000 that would give each elementary school teachers one hour release time per month, plus a 0.5 full-time equivalent teacher to coordinate the release time schedule, according to staff reports. This will be in addition to established release time provided in current contracts.
- An allocation of $344,000 for five full-time equivalent custodians and an additional supervisor, staff reports state. The additional supervisor will allow for the centralization of supervision, relieving the elementary school principals from the duties of supervising and evaluating custodial staff at their respective sites. To fulfill this recommendation, a change would need to be made in the custodial job description and discussion at the bargaining table, staff reports state.
- Money totaling $128,000 to fund counseling technicians at the middle school level. These technicians would establish college and career centers at district middle schools. Funds in the Educational Services budget will be used to establish similar programs at the high schools.
- The hiring of a counselor at Grange Middle School and a bilingual school psychologist for the district. The dollars would come from existing categorical funds, according to staff.
- The possibility of additional school resource officers at alternative program sites. Each additional officer would cost $149,000.
Specific recommendations for employee compensation will not be discussed during open board meetings but rather during bargaining sessions.
Closed session begins at 5:30 p.m. Open session begins at 6 p.m. at the district office, 2490 Hilborn Road, Room 108.
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