Report: District stands to lose more students |

Report: District stands to lose more students

William Ferchland

Last year the office of education in El Dorado County didn’t trust the multiyear financial projections in two interim reports for Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

The county office requested an uncommon third report, which the district provided after financial projects were clarified following a parcel tax ballot that failed in April.

The first official look into the financial details of the 2004-05 school year for Lake Tahoe Unified School District will be presented Tuesday by Chief Financial Officer Michael Curran.

The report covers the months between July and the end of October and offers assumptions for the upcoming years.

By the 2006-07 school year, Curran projected a loss of 410 students from the district, meaning overall enrollment will drop to 4,342 students.

The drop of revenue from the loss of students during that time frame is more than $2 million, the report states.

With the loss of students and revenue, the district is expecting to release 13 full-time teaching positions and six full-time support staff positions through the 2006-07 school year.

Salary increases were not included in the report since they are negotiable items. Cost-of-living adjustments were included, with the lowest being 2.4 percent for this school year.

After Curran’s presentation, consultant Terry Price is scheduled to propose a public survey testing the waters for another parcel tax attempt.

In addition, Price will speak of an outreach plan to educate residents on the benefits of a parcel tax.

“The fiscal impacts of declining enrollment and the state’s funding crisis don’t just hurt students, parents and teacher(s), they have ramifications for the whole community,” Price stated in a letter to Interim Superintendent Lorraine Garcy.

The projected cost of the survey is somewhere between $15,000 and $27,000. The price of the outreach plan is $12,000.

A research and analysis firm – Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin and Associates – submitted a proposal for the survey. The firm suggested a 15-minute survey of 300 likely voters in the district.

Other agenda items include:

— A review of the Lake Tahoe Community Academy’s charter by the board.

— The annual reorganization the board when a potential vote for a new board president and clerk could be made.

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