BESD to launch information campaign Local Funding and Common Core

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Daniel Archer accepts the November Student of the Month Award.

BRAWLEY – Superintendent Ron Garcia administered the oath of office Tuesday night at the regular board meeting to re-elected board members Armando Padilla and Gloria Santillan.

Ron Garcia swears in Gloria Santillan and Armando Padilla
Ron Garcia swears in Gloria Santillan and Armando Padilla

Immediately afterward, the board elected Yvonne Burns as President, Janet Sandoval Vice-President, and Omar Guzman, Clerk of the Board.

Barbara Worth Junior High Principal Terri Mason changed the sequence of honoring students. Each month a 7th grade and an 8th grader will be honored instead  of the previous method of 7th grade one month and  8th grade the next.

Daniel Archer was honored for the  7th grade student standout. Daniel has a 4.0 g.p.a. and his main hobby is raising feeder calves through the Magnolia 4H club. He is also interested in art and is part of the Rain Forest Art program where he is currently working with clay.

Daniel mentioned his 5th grade teacher from Brawley Christian Academy as his most inspiring teacher. He said she made him enjoy school and made him want to come to school every day. Daniel will attend BUHS and looks forward to taking his father’s graphic design class. After that, he is interested in Biola and plans on studying to be an engineer.

Janay Hernandez listens with VP Andy Burnett as Principal Terri Mason introduces her to the board
Janay Hernandez listens with VP Andy Burnett as Principal Terri Mason introduces her to the board

Janay Hernandez, 8th grade, also sports a 4.0 g.p.a.  She took a circuitous route to Brawley by being born in El Centro, moving to Nebraska, then Seeley, and finally to Brawley.  Janay enjoys her time with her church and their activities. In her spare time she enjoys reading.

Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Cato whom she said tells students to be the best they can be and that inspires her. After BUHS, she too hopes to make a living with engineering because she enjoys math.

Finance director, Leslie Marshall, presented the financial, budgetary status of the district.

Marshall informed the board of the many formula additions the State uses rather than just Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and Average Daily Attendance (ADA).

According to California’s Department of Education webpage, they write that the system for calculating payments is extraordinarily complex, and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)will add layers of additional complexity during the eight-year phase-in period. They add that after the phase-in period, the calculations will be simpler.

The goal according to the CA Department of Education of the LCFF is to significantly simplify how state funding is provided to local educational agencies (LEAs).

Under the new funding system, revenue limits and most state categorical programs are eliminated.

LEAs will receive funding based on the demographic profile of the students they serve and gain greater flexibility to use these funds to improve outcomes of students.

The LCFF creates funding targets based on these student characteristics. For school districts and charter schools, the LCFF funding targets consist of grade span-specific base grants plus supplemental and concentration grants that reflect student demographic factors.

For county offices of education (COEs), the LCFF funding targets consist of an amount for COE operations plus grants for instructional programs.

The board agreed to initiate a campaign to inform stakeholders of the changing funding system and the new Common Core State Standards all schools will soon be operating under.