Although the proposition, which voters approved during the Nov. 6 election, assured no immediate cuts in educational funding, Goodall told the district school board members Tuesday night at their regular meeting that TUSD was still not fiscally safe.
“This is the first time we’ve had a chance to look at Prop 30 and I think by March we’ll have a better sense of what it means for next year,” Goodall said. “We’re not panicked like a month ago, but it seems like there are more challenges.”
He said one of the biggest challenges in the future is the initial loss of 475 students at Kimball High School after ongoing construction is complete on Mountain House High School in August 2014.
Goodall said that those initial losses will be followed by a loss of 285 students each of the next two years.
“The Mountain House opening is a big impact,” he said. “We’re trying to plan that right now.”
Goodall said the district could expect a loss of approximately $2.8 million in the first year, followed by $1.4 million the two following years due to Mountain House High opening. He noted the projected figures are “a 5 to 6 percent loss of funds.”
Such a financial loss could eventually affect high school level programs and staffing across TUSD, Goodall said. There will be a push by TUSD and Kimball officials to try and make the school “more attractive” as a way to keep students from transferring to the new 46.5 acre Mountain House campus, he said.
Another area of concern for TUSD, Goodall said, is the state’s $1.9 billion deficit that Gov. Jerry Brown will have to address by Jan. 10. He expects the governor will keep the promise he made during the campaigning for Prop. 30 to protect education if the measure was passed.
“I think we’re not recommending any cuts, but over the next three months we’ll be looking at other possible (fiscal) impacts,” Goodall said.
A more detailed fiscal update is expected to be given to the board by Goodall in mid-January.
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AT A GLANCE:
WHAT: Tracy Unified School District meeting
WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11
WHERE: District Education Center, 1875 W. Lowell Ave.
DETAILS: President Greg Silva, Clerk Gregg Crandall, and board members Jill Costa, Walter Gouveia, Ted Guzman and Bill Swenson were present. Vice President James Vaughn was absent.