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School district completes Local Control Accountability Plan 

school fundingPaso Robles public schools completed their draft of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)document. The LCAP is available for public review and comment per state requirements. The LCAP details how the district proposes to spend the funds received from the state over the coming fiscal year. All comments and suggestions from the public will be considered as the final draft goes forward for discussion by the Board of Trustees at its May 13, 2014, meeting.

The LCAP is a new requirement brought forward by the state’s implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). This new funding mechanism for California’s public schools represents a significant shift in how schools across the state are funded. Even though the LCFF went into effect in July, many details have not yet been resolved. However, the details and requirements that are known must be implemented by local school districts.

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District LCAP has been developed over the last several months during committee meetings of the District Site Leadership Team (DSLT). The DSLT consists of members of school site staffs, district staff, and community members. The committee drafted the plan after researching and discussing the goals of the district’s strategic plan, and other state and federal accountability documents which align spending to district goals and governmental regulations. “This has been a thorough and detailed process,” said PRJUSD’s Superintendent, Dr. Kathy McNamara.

“This process is the first phase of the LCAP,” she said. “Upon board approval the next required elements will include implementation and evaluation of the LCAP priorities. I am very grateful to the committee members for their time and input in completing the LCAP draft.”

The window for public comment on the plan opened on April 1, and will remain open until April 30. Interested parties may view the plan at their local neighborhood public school or online at www.pasoschools.org. Comment forms may also be downloaded from the website and submitted to the district for review, consideration, and response.

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