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School district in good financial shape

By: Margaret Snider, Placer Herald Correspondent
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November’s tax increase initiative may impact funding By Margaret Snider Placer Herald Correspondent Rocklin Unified School District Associate Superintendent Barbara Patterson presented the second interim budget report to the board of trustees on March 7. The report certifies the district will be able to meet its financial obligations for the current and subsequent two fiscal years. “The Governor has put a tax increase initiative on the November 2012 general election ballot to avoid cutting funding to education in 2012-13,” Patterson indicated. “This report’s multi-year projection is based on the Governor’s budget proposals for 2012-13 including the assumption that the tax initiative passes. With these assumptions, the district will meet its financial obligations in the current and two future fiscal years by spending down the fund balance.” If the ballot measure fails, and education is cut mid-year 2012-13, “. . . the district will be able to meet its financial obligations in 2012-13, but will need to make significant reductions in 2013-14 to meet its financial obligations,” Patterson reported. Board members also listened to Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence’s annual report on the department’s Youth Services Unit. Lawrence indicated two full-time uniformed Youth Services Officers are provided for Rocklin and Whitney High School campuses as well as spend time at Granite Oaks and Spring View Middle Schools. The Youth Diversion Program, which started in 2011, serves students who have committed a misdemeanor or, occasionally, a non-serious felony. The program offers education and coaching as well as provides an opportunity to do community service. “It allows the department to keep students out of the criminal justice system,” Lawrence said. “Out of 27 students who entered the program, 25 successfully completed it.” In other business, Rocklin Elementary School third grade teacher Jennifer Powers and five of her students reported on fundraising efforts for leukemia and lymphoma patients. Matthew Meteer, Megan Williams, and Hannah Van Der Kamp, all age 8, and Abigail Grant and Declan Wikoff, both 9, described their efforts. “We challenged our school to raise at least $1,000 for Pennies for Patients,” said Hannah Van Der Kamp. “Our school came together for these kids and raised an amazing amount of money. Our grand total was $1,581.89. We are so excited about the generosity of our Rocklin Elementary School families.” The trustees also approved the $18,500 contract for technology consulting services with Providence Technology Group.