Turlock School District Begins 2012-2013 Budget Process

The Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) discussed the start of the budget and labor negotiations process for the 2012-2013 school year at the January 3, 2012, TUSD Board Meeting.

Although it is early in the process since the state’s budget will not be released until next week so, it is still unknown what funding will be for 2012-2013. However, the "sunshine" proposals were made by Turlock Teachers Association, Turlock Classified American Federation of Teachers, California School Employees Association. A public hearing will be held at the School Board meeting on January 17th in regards to the proposals. Once the public hearing is held and the Board approves the initial re-openers, TUSD and the labor groups can begin the negotiation process in hopes of reaching an agreement sooner than they did last year.

Superintendent Sonny Da Marto expressed concern about the budget process this year with the expectation that Governor Brown will be proposing a budget based on funding mechanisms that may or may not be on the November ballot and may or may not pass voters approval.

"If the budget goes forward as proposed and the funding does not pass, then we will be faced with mid-year cuts again," said Da Marto.

The budget process and calendar for Capital Facility Financing is outlined below for those that would like to follow the progress over the next six months:

2012-2013 Budget Calendar
January – Present 2012‐13 Budget Development Timeline Business Staff

February – Review and analyze Governor’s Preliminary State Budget
Present information to Budget Advisory Committee
Update Board on effect of Governor’s Budget

March – Develop 2012‐13 Budget Assumptions and present to Board
Present 2011‐12 Second Interim Report to Board for approval
Develop preliminary enrollment and staffing projections for next year
Prepare 2012‐13 Tentative Budget
Present 2012‐13 Tentative Budget to Cabinet/Principals/Budget Advisory Committee for review and input
Legal deadline for certificated personnel layoff notices (March 15) if necessary

April – Present 2012‐13 Unrestricted Tentative Budget to Board for review and direction
Revise 2012‐13 Tentative Budget as necessary Business Staff

May – Update Budget as necessary for Governor’s May Revise
Present revised 2012‐13 Tentative Budget to Board for review as necessary

June – Hold public hearing and approve use of Tier III funding
Hold public hearing and adopt 2012‐13 Budget Board

Capital Facility Financing Calendar
January 3, 2012 – Capital Facility Overview And Timeline

February 7, 2012 – Facilities Review
Estimates of school site capacities based on current use
– Student growth projections
– Comparison of the student growth to school site capacities

March 6, 2012 – Capital Facility Projects And Estimated Costs
Capital Facility Funding Analysis
– Available Funds
– Funding Options

April 3, 2012 – Determination Of Project Priorities

May 8, 2012 – Capital Facilities Financing Plan
– School Facilities Fee Review And Adoption

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