BESD Board bypasses Speaker Cards, passes 2013-14 budget

The BESD board welcomes the new teachers with Trustee Gloria Santillan (R) greeting new Witter Vice-Principal Joan Hanson.
The BESD board welcomes the new teachers with Trustee Gloria Santillan (R) greeting new Witter Vice-Principal Joan Hanson.


BRAWLEY – The Brawley Elementary School District celebrated the new shade structure at Barbara Worth Junior High School last week that many said was thirty years in the making. At the board meeting on Tuesday the trustees adopted the 2013-14 revised budget and accepted the 2012-13 Revenues and Expenditures report.

The 2012-13 had a net decrease in their Fund Balance of $571,363.99 (445.799.95 – Unrestricted, 125,563.44 –Restricted.)

The California Department of Education revised budgeting criteria, lumping categorical funds into one broad category called Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

According to the report by Financial Director, Leslie Marshall, the revenue limit to LCFF funding increased from over $12 million to $19 million. The Education Protection funding decreased by $953,817.

Common core State Standards funding of $761,400 has been added to the budget.

Budgeting for Certificated and Classified salaries will increase due to the hiring of one vice-principal, stipends for common core training, a transitional kindergarten paraeducator, one LVN, one mechanic, two gardeners, and increased hours for site clerks and bust drivers.

Books and supplies show a large increase due to the prior year carryover and budgeting comes from Common Core funds.

Common Core will also add to  professional development and supplemental services.

The board also recognized the 17 new teachers hired for the school year. Superintendent Ron Garcia remarked that the district hired more certificated staff than ever before.

Liz Gonzales, representing the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, invited all teachers and the board to the Teacher Appreciation Dinner. The Chamber will honor the teacher of the year from the Elementary School District. Five teachers are up for the award which will be announced at the dinner by County Superintendent Anne Mallory.

Other decisions by the board included delaying implementation of Speaker Cards for Public Comment at Board meetings. The BUHSD implemented Speaker Cards last year and the board agreed to watch how they fare first.

Trustee Yvonne Burns was appointed to the District’s Student Services Placement Board.

Gregory S. Smith was added to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight committee. This committee reviews all spending by the district for the new gym bond.

Superintendent Ron Garcia reported that the new Barbara Worth Gym/Multipurpose plans are finished and the design will be submitted to the state school architectural board on September 27.

Oakley Principal Craig Casey reported that his school hit the California index of 803 in testing, exceeding the goal of 800 for the second year in a row. California calls for this goal to be met by 2014.

Tickets for the Brawley Chamber’s Welcome Back Teachers Dinner are available at all schools and the Chamber of Commerce.