DENAIR — While mediation continues to keep Denair Unified School District out of state receivership, trustees on Thursday will hear details of how a takeover would happen and consider more layoffs.
Shirley Buell, with the Stanislaus County Office of Education, and Denair fiscal adviser Terri Ryland will give an overview of the process and timeline for a state takeover. State intervention would take most of the school year to accomplish and could be stopped at any point if the district has a teacher contract in place and its spending is in the black.
Only nine California districts have gone so far as to declare a state of financial emergency that ushers in state control of the district for up to 20 years. Denairs inaction in the face of recession funding cuts and falling enrollment left it spending more than it earned. The district ran through its reserves until it hit bottom last year and had to borrow $1.3 million from the county to keep its checks from bouncing.
The board will hear a fiscal overview of 2012-13. Year-end numbers show the districts general fund had an operating deficit of $707,197, finishing the year $258,389 in the red. Last years enrollment dropped 81 students to 931. Early figures also show that district enrollment is lower still for this year.
It will take still more cuts to keep the district in local hands, though the $1million figure cited at the last meeting may have shrunk with more teachers resigning to work elsewhere.
Trustees will consider the layoff of three half-time aides Thursday, a savings of $44,068. All three worked in the districts now-closed Community Day Schools for at-risk students.
Turning its attention to the future, the board will vote on a job description for a teacher trainer to help the district prepare for the switch to Common Core standards next year. The description does not list a salary range or authorize a person being hired.
In another item, trustees will be asked to approve a grant for golf lessons for at-risk students in its independent study charter, Denair Charter Academy. The program, through Stevinson Ranch Golf Course, offers a 12-week course that is meant to provide mentoring on life skills and values.
The Denair Unified School District Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Denair Middle School Coyote Center, 3601 Lester Road, Denair. Find exhibits and agenda at http://bit.ly/DenairUnified.