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Meeting for August 26, 2003

1. Public Appointments of Director of Woodstock Child Development Center

Background: Sheryl Chan was appointed to position.

2. Public Hearing - Alameda Unified School District (District) Reopeners for the 2003-04 School Year Concerning the Contract with Califronia State Employees Association (CSEA)

Background: The current contract is effective until June 30, 2005. At the May 13th BOE Meeting , CSEA requested reopeners per the provisions of the contract. It is intention of the District to "sunshine" the item it wishes to negotiate. After the public hearing at this meeting, reopeners from the District were presented.

The District reopeners are:

  • Fair and equitable salaries that perserve fiscal responsibility, maintain quality staff, provide the District with the tools to meet their responsibilities, and increase effieciency and accountability, including No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
  • Article 12 Health and Welfare Benefits Administration

  • Fair and equitable benefits that perserve fiscal responsibility and otherwise contribute to the interests identified above.
  • 3. Update of Facilities Master Plan

    Background: Changes in demographics and the completion of a $27 million Modernization Program necessiated updating the 2000 Facilities Master Plan. The update data with findings and options were presented. At that time, the Board decided to proceed with construction of a new elementary school but reserved approval of the remainder of the plan until other options could be presented for further discussion. For additional background see the Facilities section.

    Staff presented how possible financing options could be used to implement some or all of the 2000 Master Facilities Site Recap. Staff presented an updated facilities site recap that varies slightly from the 2000 Master plan recap. In adddition, staff presented a proposed breakdown of work by site aligned with possible financing options..

    Working with California School Services, three potential financing options available to the District are:

    1. $99.5 Million Bonds Proceeds
    2. New $99.5 million bond with a new $60 tax rate per $100,000 assessed value (AV). Between 2004 and 2014 Alamedans would pay a total of $123 per $100,000 AV. After 2014, the tax rate will drop to $60 per $100,000 AV.

    3. $57 Million Bonds Proceeds
    4. New $57 million bond that will not increase the tax rate beyond the $63 per $100,000 AV that is currently assessed. Between 2004 and 2014 Alamedans would continue to pay a total of $63 per $100,000 AV to retire the 1989 School Bond. After 2014, the tax rate will drop to $60 per $100,000 AV and continue until the paid off.

    5. $29 Million Bonds Proceeds
    6. New $29 million bond with a new $24 tax rate per $100,000 assessed value (AV). Between 2004 and 2014 Alamedans would pay a total of $87 per $100,000 AV. After 2014, the old Bond would paid off and the tax rate will drop to $24 per $100,000 AV.

    If the District places the Bond request on March, 2004 or November, 2004 election ballot, the Bond request would qualify for Prop 39 treatment. Prop 39 lowers the voter percentage required to pass general obligation bond measures from 66.7% to 55%. There 7 additional requirements to qualify a Bond request for Prop 39 treatment beyond conducting done during a general election.

    The Board reviewed and questioned the materials presented. The Board agreed to meet on Saturday, September 6th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. It will be workshop format.

    4. Addendum No. 3 to Lease Agreement between AUSD and Change thru Xanthos Inc. of Woodstock Development Center and License Agreement for Adjacent Parking

    Background: The addendum extends the term of the lease for the period of September 1, 2003 and ending August 31, 2004.

    The Board approved the lease.

    5. Report on 2003-04 State Budget

    Background: On August 2nd the California Legislature passed the 2003/04 budget. For additional background on the events leading up to adoption of the budget, please see CA State Budget Crisis.

    Staff presented a recap of the implications of the passed State budget to AUSD. They are:

  • ZERO Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2003/04
  • $58 Reduction in Revenue Limit or approximately $580,000 loss of revenues
  • Suspension of Mandated Costs Recovery totaling $1.2 million for the last two years
  • Elimination of programs including Miller-Unruh Reading program and K-4 Intensive Reading
  • 10% reduction in School Improvement Program
  • 63% reduction in Deferred Maintenance
  • The good news (if you consider it good) was the final State budget did not make further cuts beyond those proposed in May. As a result, the Board approved $1.7 Million Budget Cuts in April were enough to maintain a budget that was approved by the Alameda County of Education.

    6. Board Meeting Format

    Background: Without background information about the Meeting fomrat, the Board did not discuss this item.

    7. Oral Reports from Board Members

    As a new member, Mike McMahon requested an item be placed on a future agenda to review the ongoing negotiations with the teacher's union. He would like to review the 2000 negotiations, the implications of the 2000 contract and the status of the 2003 negotiations. The current contract expired on June 30, 2003 and remains in effect until a new contract is signed.



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