A special online study session of the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. will cover a review and discussion of Gov. Gavin Newsom's May budget revise and forecasted reductions attributed to effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The May budget proposal predicts a $41.2 billion revenue loss and $12.8 billion increase in new state expenditures for fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21.
To account for these projections, Newsom has proposed "significant" cuts to K-12 education funding including a 10% reduction of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) from 2019-20 levels. Because of this, PUSD said that "the district will need to make significant changes to its 2020-21 budget to remain solvent."
PUSD's assistant superintendent of business services, Ahmad Sheikholeslami, is slated to "provide a detailed update on the May Revise and the financial impacts to PUSD" on Tuesday, during which staff will also review the baseline 2020-21 budget and present options to help keep the district financially afloat including reductions, revenue enhancements "and other modifications."
Details of Sheikholeslami's presentation were not available as of Friday afternoon.
In other business Tuesday, the board is expected to sign off on an agreement that evening to host a fireworks celebration for this year's graduating high school students at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
In lieu of a traditional in-person commencement ceremony, the district has brainstormed new ways to commemorate the special occasion while maintaining physical distance.
Graduating seniors and their families will be invited to watch the fireworks display from the fairgrounds parking lot on the evening of May 29. All guests will be required to remain inside their vehicles during the fireworks show.
No district funds will be used for the nearly $45,000 event but the city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) are chipping in $24,926 and $20,000, respectively.
Executive Director Steve McCoy-Thompson told the Weekly that PPIE did not contribute any donations from their supporters, and instead the organization "served as the conduit for the collection of $20,000, which was largely provided by school-site organizations that had already allocated funds for graduation and promotion ceremonies."