Board Brief June Special Meeting

Board Brief: Top things to know from the June 28, 2022 Special Meeting
Posted on 06/29/2022

BOARD BRIEF: Top things to know from the San Marcos Unified Governing Board Special Meeting

June 29, 2022

The commitment from our Governing Board is to provide our staff, families, and community with clear, open and transparent communication. This Board Brief has been created to share key decisions and outcomes from the Board after each meeting. The Board Brief will be distributed by the end of the week after each Regular Meeting.

The following Board Brief highlights important items from the June 28, 2022 San Marcos Unified School District Governing Board Special Meeting:

1. Adoption of the Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, by the Governing Board. At the June 21, 2022 Governing Board meeting a Public Hearing was conducted to review the Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, which shows how SMUSD will use State funds to serve students. 

During the June 28, 2022 Special Meeting, the Governing Board moved to approve the adoption of the LCAP, which shall be effective for a period of three years, and shall include a description of annual goals and the specific actions to meet state and local priorities.

2. Adoption of the 2022-23 Annual Budget by the Governing Board.  On June 21, 2022, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Erin Garcia, presented the 2022-23 Adopted Budget and the Governing Board conducted a Public Hearing. Since that time, the Governor has approved the State Budget. “There were some significant differences between the recently adopted State Budget and our 2022-23 Annual Budget, and we will be addressing these when we bring the Budget back to the Governing Board for the 45-day Budget revision presentation in August,” said Garcia.

Garcia noted that some of these differences are an increase to LCFF Base grant funding, help for Districts with Average Daily Attendance, or ADA, relief and additional one-time funds. 

The Governing Board unanimously approved the adoption of the 2022-23 Annual Budget. 

3. San Marcos Unified receives grant-funded electric buses and partners with Engie Energy Solutions for Cost & Energy Savings across the District. The San Marcos Unified School District has received grant funding to purchase seven electric buses through the Air Pollution Control District. As a result, SMUSD is in need of updating the charging and energy infrastructure for these buses, and to meet the State mandate of a carbon neutral bus fleet by the year 2035. SMUSD has been working with Engie Energy Solutions to identify a plan to upgrade the Transportation Yard and bus fleet, as well as identifying other cost and energy saving measures so that these upgrades can be done at no-cost to the District.

Engie Energy Solutions Senior Manager, Nancy Rorabaugh, shared a presentation that outlined an initial assessment of several energy conservation measures (ECMs) throughout the District to help pay for these upgrades. This includes utilizing the energy savings from upgrading to energy-efficient LED technology throughout the District, Solar and battery storage at the District Office, and irrigation controls. 

The Governing Board approved a Resolution authorizing Engie Energy Solutions to conduct a Final Comprehensive Program to identify energy savings at no-cost to the District.

4. SMUSD rollout of the State’s Universal Pre-K. Deputy Superintendent, Tiffany Campbell, provided an overview of the rollout of the State’s Universal Pre-K, also known as Transitional Kindergarten (TK), at SMUSD. 

The State of California is providing funding to Districts that are willing to implement equitable, early, inclusive education for their youngest learners, especially the year prior to Kindergarten. Universal means that by the year 2025-26 regardless of background, race, zip code, immigration status or income level, every child will have access to a quality learning experience the year before Kindergarten. 

The San Marcos Unified School District is now enrolling for Transitional Kindergarten, or TK, for the 2022-23 school year. TK will be available at all SMUSD elementary and K-8 schools for students who turn 5 between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023, with both morning and afternoon sessions offered. 

For more information or to enroll, please click here. 

5. Governing Board adopts SMUSD Endemic Plan. Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Erin Garcia, shared the San Marcos Unified Endemic Plan outlining the District’s ongoing response to mitigate COVID-19. Although not required, the SMUSD Endemic Plan is in alignment with the Governor’s SMARTER plan, and outlines how SMUSD will continue to implement mitigation strategies to manage COVID-19 while moving the District forward in a safe and secure learning environment.

Click here for the Endemic Plan.  

For a complete and detailed overview of any of the items above, please see the full Board Meeting Agenda
by clicking here.

For a link to the Board Briefs on the SMUSD website, please click here.

To watch a video of the Board meeting, please click here

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