School Services May Revision Budget Workshop

From left to right: Arin Simonyan (Software Support Analyst), Maureen Fitzgerald (St. HOPE Public Schools, Chief Business Officer), Jacque Eischens (Support Analyst Lead – Finance), Roger Van Putten (Dry Creek Elementary School District, Chief Business Officer)

From left to right: Arin Simonyan (Software Support Analyst), Maureen Fitzgerald (St. HOPE Public Schools, Chief Business Officer), Jacque Eischens (Support Analyst Lead – Finance), Roger Van Putten (Dry Creek Elementary School District, Chief Business Officer)

On May 19, Arin and I were in Sacramento to attend the 2015 May Revision Workshop. This workshop, put on each year by School Services of California, Inc. and co-sponsored by theFiscal Crisis & Management Team, provides California school business professionals the information they need to close the books for the current fiscal year and finish up their budgets for the upcoming year.

Having worked in a school district business office during some of the lean years when there were large deficits and budget cuts, I was happy to attend this year and hear that schools will be seeing funding increases for this year and next.

“The Big News – 2014-15 Provides the Highest Increase in Education Funding Ever.” – 2015 May Revision, School Services of California, Inc.

Arin and I spent the morning learning more about the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), our state economy, student achievement, estimated increases in employer and employee public retirement costs, and a variety of other topics that we hope will make us better able to support our customers.

Before and after the workshop, Arin and I were also able to talk with a few of our customers. It’s always great to see our customers in person and, of course, we were sure to snap some photos.