A message from Superintendent, Dr. Ellen Dougherty
LOCAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN
Our budget will be different than it has been for the past 40 years due to the new California State Local Control Funding Formula. We will be able to make decisions on how to spend our funds based on the needs of our students in Lawndale. We will also be responsible to accompany the budget with a Local Control Accountability Plan; this plan will address the particular needs and services that we will provide in order for our students to be academically successful.
In the month of January we held 28 stakeholder meetings (including staff, parents, students and community). The meetings begun with a PowerPoint presentation which explained the new budget and the way in which we will create the plan. Presently, we are asking for input from all of our community and after receiving it and looking at our student academic achievement data; we will begin to draft a plan. The State has not created the template that we will need to use or informed us of our actual budget. However, we wanted to start early by trying to get as many people as possible involved in the process.
We welcome any feedback and input and will add those suggestions to our lists. All of this information is on our website and I will be adding more as we move together through the process.
Boletin de febrero 2014
Local Control Funding Formula/Local Control and Accountability Plan
California state law sets out the system for funding public schools. State leaders largely decide how much money is available to schools each year as part of the state budget process.
Last spring, California adopted a new formula for deciding how much money each school district gets, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). School districts will decide how to use the funds, but under the new system they must get input from their local communities. They also have to tie their budgets to improvement goals by creating a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
The Local Control and Accountability Plan is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula. The plan will be based on Lawndale Elementary School District’s goals and student data collected in order to describe specific actions the district will take to achieve those goals. In the next few months, we will be engaging parents, educators, employees and the community to establish this plan. The LCAP will also focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plan will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.
Please click on the following links for the power point presentations:
Local Control Funding Formula
Local Control Funding Formula Spanish
Please click here for dates and times of our stakeholder meetings.