THE SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S ENROLLMENT IS DECLINING WHILE THEIR DEFICIT IS RISING

2016-2017

The SMMUSD has total revenue of $100,088,426 with expenditures of $112,437,985 leaving the District with a $12.3 million deficit

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/the-smmusd-has-total-revenue-of-100088426-with-expenditures-of-112437985-leaving-the-district-with-a-12-3-million-deficit/

See PDF copies of the following:

1. Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s 2016/2017 Budget

2. News Article Concerning the SMMUSD’s $12.3 Million Dollar Deficit

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School Board update on latest budget plan

For the 2016 – 2017 school year, SMMUSD has total revenue of $100,088,426 with expenditures of $112,437,985 leaving the district with a $12.3 million deficit.

According to the presentation, 86% of the budget goes to SMMUSD employees costs including salaries and benefits. Between 2015/16 and 2016/17, SMMUSD provided a combined salary schedule increase in excess of 8%. Health and welfare costs have increased between 5% and 6% each year. Lastly pension costs continue to increase and will exceed 19% and 24% by 2020.

For details, go to:

https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/think-tank-attacks-smmusd-salaries-transparent-california-released-data-showing-that-smmusd-employees-are-overpaid-by-as-much-as-40/

Now because we have the inefficient administrative performance, we have to cut, cut and cut.” said Santa Monica Resident Berenice Onofre.

See Link to News Article:

http://smdp.com/school-board-update-on-latest-budget-plan/160331

2015-2016

Enrollment Down, Deficit Up

SMMUSD facing projected $7.4 million deficit.

The Santa Monica-Malibu School District Board of Education stared down a $7.4 million deficit during a review of the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year.

The projected deficit weighing on a $94.9 million unrestricted general fund budget is due largely to a combination of proposed increases in special education and district-level staffing as well as the rising costs of employee benefits, reduced revenues for the district’s technical training program and an expected shortfall in annual fundraising.

Expenditures are forecast to top $102.3 million on the unrestricted general fund, which does not include restricted funds.

“We’ve got some hard numbers to swallow here,” board member Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein said. “These numbers are problematic.”

The board’s study session came as the district prepares for the third year of its transition into the Local Control and Funding Formula program, which SMMUSD chief financial officer Jan Maez said puts more responsibility on the district to manage state funds.

The formula, which will be fully implemented by 2020-21, provides grants by grade level and supplemental money based on the number of English language learners, lunch discount recipients and foster youth.

Amid rising costs, the district is anticipating a slight decline in enrollment, from 11,295 students this year to 11,173 in 2015-16.

Administrators and board members expressed concern about the deficit and said the budget would have to be altered before being finalized.

And yet the SMMUSD has spent approx. $8,000,000 on lawyers and environmental and public relations consultants to “manage in place” the illegal contamination and try to convince the community that Malibu High/Middle Schools and Juan Cabrillo Elementary schools are safe.

http://malibuunites.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Purchase-Orders-Approved-at-Board-Meetings2.pdf

Purchase-Orders-Approved-at-Board-Meetings2

On May 11, 2015 a Malibu Parent stated the following: ” Frankly I am concerned with how they manage money for all schools in our district. Appointing people to lead our funding who have foolishly squandered the money and do the blame game instead of problem solving is the real issue.” malibubeach posted at 6:27 am on Mon, May 11, 2015. The SMMUSD is now threatening to cut Art and other programs but is willing to spend $775,000 on attorneys (Pillsbury), and $3,225,000 on Consultants (Environ) who have been tasked with creating legal obstacles NOT to identify the sources of PCBs.

Sources:

See JD Supra Article dated May 21, 2015:

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-smmusd-has-spent-six-million-dollars-79259/

See May 9, 2015 Malibu Times Article entitled “Enrollment Down, Deficit Up”

http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_7be91760-f5d8-11e4-94f5-0b2e1fa3b166.html

JUNE 29, 2015

STUDENT vs. SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Case No. 13-55665
District Court No. 2:12-cv-03059-SVWPJW

THE DISTRICT COURT HELD THAT THE SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT VIOLATED A STUDENT’S RIGHTS TO A FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION WHEN IT CONDUCTED AN IEP MEETING WITHOUT THE PARENTS’ PRESENCE

*Legal Fees in the amount of $215,000 were approved by the SMMUSD’s Board of Education on June 29, 2015.

See June 29, 2015 Board of Education Minutes: Re: Attorney’s Fee Settlement in the amount of $215,000

http://www.smmusd.org/brd1415/min062915_spmtg.pdf

DN-1009-14/15 (Special Education)
Legal fees & other related costs: $215,000
It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Ms. Lieberman, and voted 6/0 (Ms.Leon-Vazquez was absent) to approve the settlement case. Ayes: 6 (Lieberman, Escarce, de la Torre, Foster, Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Mechur)

Regrettably, the SMMUSD does not spend their tax dollars wisely!

The SMMUSD has spent approx. $8 million dollars on lawyers and environmental expenditures rather than $100 per caulk test. Superintendent Sandra Lyon told the board at the December 11, 2014 board meeting that the District has approval to spend $600+ per hour and the use of Pillsbury Law Firm as legal counsel, and now the SMMUSD Board has given her carte blanche permission to spend unlimited amounts of money to protect their decisions. See list of SMMUSD expenditures to date: $8,000,000 and rising!
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July 15, 2015
Aug 12, 2015

http://malibuunites.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Purchase-Orders-Approved-at-Board-Meetings2.pdf

Malibu Schools Drain $8 Million From SMMUSD In Legal Fees

For details, go to:

http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Malibu-Schools-Drain-8-Million-From-SMMUSD-In-Legal-Fees/45152

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

brd@smmusd.org

Oscar de la Torre
odelatorre@smmusd.org
Dr. Jose Escarce
jescarce@smmusd.org
Craig Foster
cfoster@smmusd.org
Maria Leon-Vazquez
mlvazquez@smmusd.org
Laurie Lieberman
President
llieberman@smmusd.org
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
rmechur@smmusd.org
Dr. Richard
Tahvildaran-Jesswein
rtahvildaranjesswein@smmusd.org
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