April 3, 2014 Board Meeting
4:30 p.m. Closed Session
6:30 p.m. Open Session
8.1a Approve Grants, Entitlements and Other Income Agreements, Ratification of Other Agreements, Approval of Bid Awards, Approval of Declared Surplus Materials and Equipment, Change Notices and Notices of Completion
BOARD WORKSHOP/STRATEGIC PLAN AND OTHER INITIATIVES
BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION / REPORTS
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Response to Public Comment
Q: Now that the Board has indicated that the district has researched other school districts for their policies regarding teacher healthcare benefits and types of plans that are typically made available to teachers, is this research data available to be provided to the public online? If not, could you please share the source and where to find or request this data?
The information was obtained from a copyright protected document from School Services of California, Inc. School Services has expressly stated that this information may not be shared publicly and be used for direct district use only. While not in as much detail, total salary benefit information for all certified employees is available at Ed Data for fiscal years 1992-93 through 2012-13.
Q: The Board has indicated that both the Board of Education and the Administration have as one [of] their highest priorities to work with labor organizations to work towards reducing our overall costs of benefits through the negotiations process as required by law and that changes to contracts with our labor partners must be negotiated. Does the Board have the authority to change district policy on employee benefits?
The Board has the authority to change district policy but it may not unilaterally change benefit packages that must always be negotiated.
Q: In 2011/2012, Washington Unified’s class size was 25.9. This is much lower that SCUSD’s 32. Please explain how their class sizes are not as low as one may perceive.
Response: Your original question to the Board was “Will the Board be looking into how Washington Unified is able to offer low class sizes (20)?” From this question it appeared that the perception was that Washington Unified had average class sizes of 20. The data showed that their class sizes were actually 25.9 on average.
Q: Will the Student Advisory Council be granted a place on the Board agendas to provide updates and recommendations to the Board? Will this committee learn legislative advocacy? That is where they could make a great impact in addition to the work they do for the district/schools. Are they being educated on how to analyze the SCUSD district budget and other data in order to make recommendations for the LCAP?
SCUSD’s Student Board Member is also a member of the Student Advisory Council. She provides the Board with updates and recommendations and advocates from the students’ perspective during Board sessions. She also takes information she learns at meetings – including information about the district budget and other data — back to the Student Advisory Council where it is discussed. SCUSD is not mandated by Ed Code to have a student representative on the Board but chooses to do so to give students more voice.
Q: What is our district doing at the federal and state level to advocate for lower healthcare costs? Doing so at the state level will result in more funding all around for services.
The District, through its lobbying efforts and associations, continues to point out and request assistance in dealing with ever increasing health care expenses. More importantly, we are working through the negotiations process and with our new health benefit broker to determine what can be done locally and internally to decrease our cost of providing health care benefits.