California's 2014-15 Spending Plan Detailed
On October 13, 2014, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released its final report on the 2014-15 State Budget, including major budget-related legislation enacted through October 2014. The report details the General Fund revenue forecast upon which the budget is based, along with detailed d...
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Advanced Collective Bargaining Workshop - Practical Solutions for 2014-15 and Beyond
October 2014

There are no more prevalent and specific mandates on the operation of public schools than those found in collective bargaining agreements. District management’s challenge is to create positive employee contract settlements that are in alignment with the district’s financial capacity and program goals.

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Webinar: Principles and Practices of Debt Management - Employing a Debt Policy
October 22, 2014

A debt management policy can assist a public agency to make decisions as well as support its efforts to identify conflicts, inconsistencies, and gaps in the agency’s approach to project finance and debt management. Policies are also instrumental in setting a proper balance between limits on the use of debt financing and providing sufficient flexibility to respond to unforeseen circumstances and opportunities. This webinar, hosted by The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, addresses the importance of establishing a debt policy and highlights best practices for developing and maintaining a debt management policy. Recommended for School Officials. For More information or to register visit CDIAC.

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LCFF Workshop
November 2014

The LCFF is the result of the most far-reaching reform of California’s school finance system since the early 1970s. This workshop will explain the fiscal provisions of the LCFF and will provide attendees with tools needed to plan for the future, including estimating district allocations and identifying many of the operational challenges and opportunities district officials will face, such as budgeting, staffing, and contract negotiations. In addition, attendees will learn about the LCFF’s long-term policy implications and potential future changes.

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Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations

Many districts are struggling with collective bargaining issues this year, but they also face very tight travel and professional development budgets. Some months ago, in anticipation of this situation, School Services of California, Inc., (SSC) made a commitment to change the mode of delivery on some of its foundational workshops. The “Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations” workshop, which we have presented in a face-to-face format for more than 20 years, has been completed and is now available as a 100% online offering.

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Fiscal Implications of School District Reorganization

In an effort to continue to meet the changing demands on our clients, we are now offering the Fiscal Implications of School District Reorganization as an online workshop. This format provides many benefits, including ease of viewing at your desk, viewing the presentation at a time that is convenient to you, and eliminating the need to travel to a location outside of the area.

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Associated Student Body

The number one area for findings in an audit report are those in the area of Associated Student Body (ASB). It is critical that district- and site-level staff receive training in this area on a regular basis to ensure that the district as well as the employees, are being protected.

There have been changes to regulations over the last  several years related to food sales. Site-level staff need to become familiar with these regulations as they work with students and fundraising events. This format will allow the school agencies to build capacity within its organiza-tion by expanding the number of employees that receive training who are involved in the handling of ASB funds.

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Attendance Accounting

The state of California provides funding to school agencies based on actual  attendance, which indicates that school agencies do not receive funding for  students who are not in school. The funding received for students attending school is a significant portion of school agencies’ operating revenue. California school agencies have been hit hard by the economic downturn and any adjustments to funding, no matter how small, can be significant. The importance of understanding the regulations for attendance is at an all-time high. There is too much at stake—academic achievement and funding.

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Fiscal Solvency for School Districts

School Services of Caifornia, Inc. and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Team (FCMAT) have teamed up to provide a free online workshop on fiscal solvency.

Hear from Joel Montero, Ron Bennett, and John Gray as they discuss the various aspects of district financial management including:

  • Multiyear planning
  • Negotiations
  • Cash management
  • Other budgetary challenges facing school districts today


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