The budget, Sheikholeslami said, will provide the district with financial stability through the 2020-21 fiscal year. It maintains current programs and reinstates some reductions that had been planned for the coming fiscal year. No further reductions in class sizes are planned, he said, and one-time sources of funding are used "to continue effective initiatives, student support services, teacher coaches, and expand new efforts around innovation."
Sheikholeslami said that although enrollment projections earlier in the year had indicated a slight enrollment decrease for the 2018-19 school year, after more students than expected enrolled for kindergarten the district expects about 3,000 students in the new school year. A recent consultant's report had projected that enrollment would fall to 2,936 in the fall of 2018, or about 64 fewer than the district expects.
Also at the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Jammie Behrendt will report on the district's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The state-required plan includes the district's performance on its goals for curriculum, achievement, language development, wellness, and parent engagement.
The board meeting will also include recognition of retiring district employees as well as those who have achieved tenure, become nationally board certified, and who are marking milestone employment anniversaries.
For those who can't attend the board meeting, district employees will be at the Menlo Park Farmers Market on June 10, as they are each Sunday during the school year. Featured will be one of the district's reading specialists, who will have summer reading recommendations for all ages.
The board will meet again on Tuesday, June 12, to adopt the budget and LCAP report.
Both board meetings start at 6 p.m. in the TERC Board Room, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.
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