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State budget deal prompts Ripon Unified workshop
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With Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders inching closer to a state budget deal, the Ripon Unified School District has plans of a budget workshop early next week based on changes to educational funding.

“The Governor is proposing a radical overhaul in California school funding in his budget proposal,” Superintendent Louise Johnson said at Monday’s school board meeting.

She called it the “Local Control Funding Formula” in which each student would generate a base funding level, adjusted for grade level, and equalized across the state. Additional funding would be provided for each unduplicated count of English Language Learners along with those on Free and Reduced Price meals, and foster children.

Trustee Ernie Tyhurst recommended the budget workshop – included would be the approved changes to the state budget – for next Monday at 6 p.m. in the district office.

The RUSD budget is scheduled to be on public display on June 19.

From there, a special board meeting will be held on June 24. Elected officials will then look to adopt the budget, submitting it to the San Joaquin County Office of Education by the June 30 deadline.

The special meeting and budget workshop was part of the modification made to the Ripon Unified school board calendar.

Johnson noted that many school boards throughout the state recess in July. “Additionally, it is our practice to hold a special meeting on the last Monday in June for budget adoption,” she said.

Johnson added: “But due to the limitation of staffing in July, I’m proposing the modifications to our summer meeting schedule.”

The board also approved July 1 for its goal-setting workshop following an expulsion hearing scheduled for 5 p.m. that day.

The July 8 meeting was canceled.

In addition, a special facilities workshop meeting is planned for July 31.

The construction team of architect Tim Huff and contractor CT Brayton – both were approved for the $10.1 million lease/lease back plan for Weston School made possible by the voter-approved Measure G – is scheduled to be in attendance to provide the board and district officials with the options and costs involving this modernization project.