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April 2023 ACCS - Item 2 Public Comment 7

Public Comment 7 received for Agenda Item 2 of the April 18, 2023, Advisory Commission on Charter Schools meeting.
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The following information was provided on Family Partnership Charter letterhead. Except when needed for accessibility purposes, no corrections to spelling, grammatical, or typographical errors have been made. The Charter Schools Division understands the following acronyms to mean: FPCS = Family Partnership Charter School; ACCS = Advisory Commission on Charter Schools; P1 = First Principal Apportionment (P-1); P2 = Second Principal Apportionment (P-2); EOY = End of Year; FPCTA = Family Partnership Charter Teachers Association; K = Kindergarten; NGSS = Next Generation Science Standards; WASC = Western Association of Schools and Colleges; LCAP = Local Control and Accountability Plan.

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Item 02, Attachment 7, Charter #0763


DATE: Friday, April 14, 2023

From: Stephanie Eggert, Executive Director

SUBJECT: FPCS 2022-2023 Funding Determination

In response to ACCS’s Meeting Notice and Agenda posting for April 18, 2023 with charter funding recommendations, I respectfully request to speak in person at the meeting next Tuesday. First, I want to acknowledge our submission provided inadequate responses for consideration. A 15% reduction in funding will influence current budget decisions and negatively impact program additions and improvements over the next two years at the expense of the students we serve. I am confident more detailed information today will support my request for the Commission to reconsider and recommend 100% funding for Family Partnership Charter School.

Why did the charter not meet the funding criteria in 2021-22?

  • Continued in person COVID 19 restrictions impacted normal school year expenditures.
    • professional development and travel, student and family events, field trip costs
  • During the pandemic, the Governing Board increased reserves balances for uncertainties.
    • facility acquisition, Special Education litigation, 3 months payroll cash
  • Prior year negotiations did not include a certificated salary increase.

Mitigating circumstances:

  • Abrupt leadership change in June 2021 required an Interim Executive Director appointment.
  • Payments towards a 2020-21 loan to cover payroll was paid off during last year.
  • Funds were set aside for possible facility change as the property was in escrow for over a year.
    • lease deposits, upgrades/modifications, moving fees, internet access, furniture

Additional Pertinent Information:

  • Enrollment prior to the pandemic for 3 years consistently ranged from 335 to 368 students.
  • Historically, enrollment increases each year with lower ADA at P1 Attendance versus P2 and EOY.
  • After schools reopened, Census Day pupil counts show a potential declining enrollment trend.
    • 2020-21- 480 2021-22- 405 2022-23- 368
  • A 2022 ratified bargaining agreement with FPCTA included a 7% certificated salary increase.

Actions and measures to comply to meet funding criteria:

  • Two part-time staff were hired to provide high school virtual electives and lab sciences.
  • Identify underserved youth for interventions from allowable grant spending as a priority.
  • Create a credit recovery program in response to increased student referrals from local districts.
  • Plan sustainable grant expenditures for staff training and resources addressing learning loss.
    • K-5 early literacy, NGSS adoption, extra-curricular instruction, add virtual 9-12 electives
  • Plan summer sessions for middle and high school with intervention, enrichment, and credit recovery.
  • Review reserves and move payroll amount from unappropriated to economic uncertainty.
  • WASC Accreditation and LCAP baseline data identified instructional critical areas of need.
    • revised the LCAP to add resources and supports to our program in math and writing

Supporting documents provided upon request. (ie loan documents, multi-year budget report, LCAP)

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