If a new high school is built, then approximately $18 million to $20 million would need to be spent on the current high school building to upgrade its mechanical systems and transform it into the district's middle school.
High achieving schools have students who have less than three points between student groups, and schools that "beat the odds" are in the top 25 for poverty schools and have above-average student achievement comnpared to schools of similar demographics. He noted that 20 years ago, there was a discussion about constructing a new school, but the decisions to renovate both the high school and middle school left the district in a hard position.
The award was named after Dolores Garcia, a trustee on the El Dorado Union High School District Board from 1975 through 1983 and the El Dorado County Board of Education from 1996 until her passing in 2012.
The capital part of the expenditure budget is expected to decrease $132,026 or 4.48 percent.
Local real estate tax revenue needed to cover the school budget increase will rise almost $262,000, from $8.72 million to $8.98 million. In addition, he said some bonds were paid back.
As the board members took their turns stating the level of spending that they supported, the $127 million spending range emerged as the favored level, with Wolff, Wood, Billig, Engel, and Lisi all saying that they felt that that was the level necessary for the project of the scope that the district needs. Also, four special education teacher aides were not needed anymore. The idea now is for the school unions to cover the SRO's salary and benefits, which would be approximately $79,000, and the county would pick up the rest of the tab, Elkington said.
Combined, Lee Elementary School and Lee Middle and High School have 134 choice students. She is not exactly sure what that would entail.
"I'm concerned about... the expectation that having a resource officer is going to solve all our problems, when in fact it's not", he said.
"What happens if we generate revenue because the property values go up, it just means the state sends us that much less money", he said. The district is set to receive almost $700,000 more in state Foundation Aid.
The tax levy of $10,169,000 represents an increase of $218,902 from the 2017-2018 budget, and it's under the 2.76 tax cap. Miscellaneous revenues, including $420,000 worth of fund balance, make up the rest.
The district launched the initiative for Earth Month to teach students the importance of taking care of the earth and what they can do to eliminate waste. LISD is heading into a budget crunch in the next few years, and board members have often grumbled about declining state revenue as the cause, and now it will face recapture penalties a year early after an unexpected drop in enrollment. The elementary school was also one of 24 schools in the state to get the High Achieving honor, and both schools were two of 87 schools to be honored with Beating the Odds.