Budget Update October 3, 2014
Saratoga Union School District values and respects its teachers.
We have a long history of attracting and retaining committed, well-educated, and dedicated teachers. Our children deserve it. Our parents expect it. And our board embraces this as one of SUSD’s highest priorities. In business terms, we have demonstrated our values through compensation, benefits, extra pay for extended duty, stipends and bonuses, and professional development time built into the work-week.
Negotiating salary and benefits requires expertise in budget, local and state economics (property tax, sales tax, local and state initiatives that impact budget), labor union practice, and education code (law) which defines teachers as state employees who are therefore entitled to certain rights such as retirement plans.
Our community has asked for information about negotiations and teacher compensation to better understand the risks and benefits to salary increases. This notice is a factual representation of information our board and district staff consider when approaching this important decision. We have included information from reports filed with the State (by our district as well as other districts), data comparisons created by experts in the State, historical budget information filed by SUSD including audit reports, and Consumer Price Index data (CPI).
It is important to also say that SUSD values the adoption of a fiscally sound budget that allows us to hold in reserve not only the funds required by the State, but what we believe is prudent for Basic Aid school districts to carry in reserve -- based on expert advice and close comparison to other community funded districts like ours.
We also value the opportunity to provide supportive and innovative programs to students, which enhance their learning experience and provide a competitive education, preparing them for the rigors of high school and beyond. These programs include social and emotional learning, technology and curriculum designed for technology -- for both teacher and student, literacy and math support, and learning strategies based on best practices, to name a few.
Without violating the spirit of confidentiality between SUSD and the Saratoga Teachers Union, we present the following information:
2013-14 Expenditures (Unaudited)
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June 24, 2014
SUSD Board of Trustees Adopts the 2015 Budget
Past Budget Updates (downloads):
- June 2013 2012-13 Audit Report
- November 2013 General Obligation Bond Update
- October 7, 2013 Negotiations Process Overview
- December Message from the Superintendent, December 8, 2011
- Furlough Days Ratified for the 2011-2012 School Year, November 16, 2011
- Budget Advisory Committee 2011-2012 Membership Roster, November 10, 2011
- Tentative Furlough Days for 2011-2012 School Year, November 9, 2011
- School Funding Levels Graph, October 26, 2011
- Budget Update, October 24, 2011
- End of Year Update, June 16, 2011
- SUSD Budget Update, April 25, 2011(topics: projected class sizes, budget deadline dates)
- SUSD Budget Update, April 5, 2011 (budget and staffing timeline, layoff notice questions)
- SUSD Budget Update, March 30, 2011(projected revenue/expenses/reserve and funding sources)
- SUSD Budget Update, February 28, 2011(state legislature reps, February news)
- SUSD Budget Update, February 21, 2011(proposed special election, budget challenges)
- SUSD Budget Update, January 24, 2011(budget planning process overview)
- SUSD Budget Update, January 18, 2011 (when expenses exceed revenue)
- SUSD Budget Update, January 10, 2011(numbers at a glance)
- SUSD Budget and Staffing Update, August 12, 2010 (start of school year update)
- Updates from 2010 and earlier