Last month staff presented the first budget recommendations to the Board dealing with site staffing. FUSD will receive $47 million in new funding for 2018-2019 based on the full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula. It will also get $500,000 in special education cost of living increases and $20 million in one time funds for retroactive pay increases and new classrooms to accommodate class size reductions. Direct school site funding makes up about 75% of the district’s almost billion dollar budget.
Elementary school classrooms are proposed to be staffed with teachers at a ratio of 1:24 in K-3 and 1:29 in the upper grades. In addition, there will be aides in the kindergartens and health professionals on site every day: an RN 1-3 days a week, an LVN or health aide 2 to 4 days.
Middle schools will be staffed with teachers at a 1:29 ratio. All middle schools will also have a counselor and a guidance learning advisor and full time nurse or health aide in addition to a principal and vice principal. All schools will be staffed with clerical personnel according to a site formula and include extra teachers to facilitate staff development and student engagement.
High schools will have a full time nurse plus counselors, a campus culture director, an athletic director, and 2 to 5 vice principals depending upon enrollment.
Beyond the staffing allocations, all school sites will be given discretionary funds to be allocated by their own school site councils. The total of those site funds has increased 100% since 2013-2014 from about $15 million to $30 million.
Kay Bertken, Education Director