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School district’s health subject of financial report

William Ferchland

Like a doctor’s report on the results of a physical exam, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education will hear an analysis of the financial health of the money-troubled district in a report authored by a team of number-crunching specialists.

Enrollment projections, multi-year expectations, food services, transportation and staffing are a few subjects expected to be covered tonight by a consultant associated with the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team.

No action will be taken on the findings of a report given by Teresa Ryland, a school business consultant, but recommendations could formally be adopted at a meeting next month.

Tonight’s discussion will primarily focus on multi-year financial projections, ramifications of vacancies in the chief financial officer and assistant superintendent positions, and reorganization of the district office, according to a document submitted by Superintendent James Tarwater.

The assessment team was born in 1991 by AB 1200 and works under contract with the state out of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.

“A statewide resource focusing on fiscal and management guidance was needed to assist monitoring agencies in the performance of their tasks and to assist educational agencies that request help in school business management and related areas,” the team’s Web site stated.

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Since its inception through May 2004, the team has been contracted by more than 400 California school districts and county offices of education for financial assistance.

Board member Barbara Bannar is looking forward to the report. The district has been mired in declining enrollment and the subsequent loss of state money. In the 1996-97 school year, the district had 5,978 students. Last school year 4,771 students were in the district with the decline projected to continue.

“It’s anybody’s guess where we’re going to end up, but we have to give it our best shot and this is something to give us a basis for our decisions,” Bannar said.

The district’s funding committee, formed last school year along with committees specializing in public relations and educational programs, will use the information to make recommendations to the board in late September.

Before Ryland’s presentation, the board is scheduled to vote on a kindergarten to fifth-grade literacy assessment handbook for teachers to monitor student progress.

STMS orientations

South Tahoe Middle School will hold two student orientations on Aug. 30, at 10 a.m., and at 5:30 p.m.

New students need only attend one of these orientations. All students new to Lake Tahoe Unified School District must have a current TB skin test.

Call (530) 541-6404 for more information.

If you go

What: Special meeting of the Lake Tahoe Unified School

District Board of Education

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: 1021 Al Tahoe Blvd.

Why: Hear a report on financial projections by consultant with Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team

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