June 12 and 19, 2017
The board passed a budget for 2017-18 after holding a public hearing on June 12 which garnered no public comments. The budget assumes a secured property tax growth of 8% and a donation from the MVLA Foundation of $1.7M. It includes 4 additional full-time teachers to accommodate the expected increased enrollment. This budget also includes the rise in STRS/PERS (the teachers and public employees retirement systems) contribution rates from 14.43/15.8% in 2017-18 to 18.1/20.8% in 2019-20, as the state requires the districts to pay a larger share of the pension costs. The district budget for Career Technical Education increases as county funding of Regional Occupation Program, ROP, continues to ramp down. The state continues to supply an Adult Education Block Grant of $1.3M.
Superintendent Jeff Harding and Superintendent Ayinde Rudolph of the Mountain View Whisman School District presented a report on the impact of the Mountain View North Bayshore Precise Plan on the two school districts. According to demographic analysis, the 10,000 units of housing planned for the North Bayshore will produce 1100 K-12 students. Adding in all of the housing projects currently in the pipeline, there will be 5800 additional students by 2023-24, needing 235 classrooms, estimated to cost $440 million, not including the cost of land. The elementary district would need 3 new elementary schools and 1 new middle school, and the high school district would need a new high school. The superintendents are planning to make this presentation to the Mountain View City Council.
Bill Pierce reviewed the Alta Vista Opportunity Program, a small program for credit-deficient students with behavior problems. At the end of the 2015-16 school year the district discontinued its partnership with the county Office of Education to operate the program itself. Last year’s program was run out of the Adult School, but it turned out that it was too far away from the resources needed by the students so the program will be moved near the District office for next year. The other discovery from last year was that the range of student capabilities and ages was too broad, so next year the program will serve only 9th and 10th graders without severe special education needs.
The board approved the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) report after a public hearing on 6/12/17 which had no public comments. The LCAP is a tool for local educational agencies to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet those goals to improve student outcomes. The report is available on the district website.