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School Board Discusses Prop 30 Impact and Basic Aid

The South San Francisco Unified School District will hold a special meeting and study session Tuesday.

Today the South City school board will discuss what the recent passage of California Proposition 30 means for the district's budget.

SSFUSD staff will make adjustments to the 1st interim report that is due to the board in December, based on the results of Tuesday's discussion.

Part of the discussion will include a review the status of Tier III school programs in light of Fair-Share reductions. According to a staff report from September, those programs that will have to be reevaluated due to Fair Share cuts include summer school, gifted and talents programs, adult education and K-3 CSR, a state program that aims to keep class sizes under 20.

South San Francisco Unified has Fair-Share reductions to its budget because it is a Basic Aid district, which means funding comes largely from local property taxes instead of per-pupil state allocations. This means SSFUSD gives back to the state a percentage of its revenue based on the amount of cuts that non-Basic Aid districts are experiencing because of state education cuts.

The Fair Share reductions are $4,236,055 for this current year in South City.

Although Fair Share reductions are part of the district's budget discussion, they are not part of Proposition 30 and would have been an obstacle to address even if the measure did not pass.

Before the election on Nov. 6, district staff informed the school board of the following impacts Propositions 30 would have on the budget:

If Prop 30 passes:

  • the district would receive no additional funds
  • there would be no additional reductions or deferrals of cash
  • but Basic Aid/Fair Share reductions that are already scheduled, would still occur

If Prop 30 does not pass:

  • the district will see an additional $4.1 million in trigger cuts
  • Basic Aid/Fair Share reductions occur as well

Tuesday's special meeting will be held at 4:30pm at the district board room at 398 B Street.

The next regular school board meeting will be Dec. 13 at the City Council Chambers at 33 Arroyo Drive, and it will be televised.

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