Del Mar Union School District must prepare plan to go with new state funding formula

By Karen Billing

Due to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF), the historic reform to educational funding in the state, districts must now develop a “Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)” by June 2014, Superintendent Holly McClurg reported to the Del Mar Union School District board on Dec. 18.

The LCCF “simplifies state funding,” according to Cathy Birks, assistant superintendent of business services. With the formula, revenue limits and most state categorical funding are eliminated and each school district’s funding formula is based on the number, grade level and demographics of the students they serve. DMUSD will continue to be a community-funded district, primarily funded through property taxes — although they will still receive state and federal monies.

Shelley Peterson, assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction, said the purpose of the LCCF is to provide a higher quality of instruction focused on helping students become college and career ready; addressing the needs of all groups, such as low-income students, English language learners and foster youth; and eliminating the achievement gap.

The district must write an accountability that outlines annual goals for all students and addresses the state’s eight priorities that include things such as student achievement and college readiness, parental involvement, student engagement and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

“What we’re doing is basically showing the state that we’re accountable,” said trustee Kristin Gibson. “As we write the plan, we’re not changing what we’re doing with our children because we’re already doing most of these things.”

The LCAP must be adopted by June 30, 2014 and McClurg said the goal is to review the plan with district stakeholders in January and February, draft the plan in March through May, and come to the board for a public hearing and approval in June.