First — consent items were approved.
Chief Business Official Wayne Martin, who will retire at the end of the school year, is talking about the governor’s local control school funding formula. He said it’s in the “real early, rough stages.” He said SUSD appears to benefit from the formula, as one would think considering it’s supposed to benefit economically disadvantaged districts with high numbers of English learners.
Martin said there’s a seven-year phase-in for the formula, if it comes to pass. Superintendent Steve Lowder reminded the audience it’s only a proposal. But he said if the plan were to come to fruition, it would mean $9 million more for the district next year.
On the proposed layoffs, Lowder said the local-control plan “dramatically changes.” But, he said, “It makes it a big guessing game.” He said guessing wrong would be a huge problem. “We have not seen that kind of support from the state for a very, very long time.”