Kathi Froemming (Pictured with Rotarians Earl Murray Jr. and Dana Manchester) was our guest speaker at this morning’s meeting.

Kathi is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Education Services for the Lompoc Unified School District. Over twenty years, she was the Principal at the Vandenberg Middle School, Dean at Cabrillo High School, and a Teacher.  She talked to the club and guests today about an overview of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) for K-12 school districts.

The district has: 9 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools, 2 High Schools, 1 Alternative, and 1 Charter School.

Since 2017, there are a total of 9645 students with 311 Support Staff, 507 Teachers, and 24 Administrators.

In 2013, California dramatically reformed the way it funds public schools. LCFF established a funding system that provides school districts with base funding and additional funds based on how many low income students, English learners, and foster youth they serve. There are three grants that support this effort: Base Grants, Supplemental Grants, and Concentration Grants.

Every student generates a base grant which funds basic educational costs, such as teacher salaries, retirement costs, and instructional materials.

Every student whose household is low income, learning English, or in foster care generates 20% more funding above the base grant. This is a supplemental grant. These funds must be spent on increasing and improving services for these high need student groups in order to improve their achievement.

In districts where at least 55% of students are high need, those students above 55% enrolment threshold generate an extra 50% of the base grant. This is a concentration grant. These funds must be spent on increasing and improving services for these high need student groups in order to improve their achievement.

Kathi pointed out that in the Lompoc district 67% of students are in the high needs category.

All school districts must adopt a Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP), a 3 year plan for how districts will use state funds to serve all students. Each district’s LCAP must include: Goals, Actions, Related Expenditures, and Accountability Report. The plan must include the services to the target groups: Low Income, English Learners, and Foster Youth. The plan must also address the 8 State Priorities: 1. Basic Services, 2. Implementation of Standards, 3. Parental Engagement, 4. Student Achievement, 5. Student Engagement, 6.School Climate, 7. Access to courses, and, 8. Student Outcomes.

Kathi stated this is to move kids forward academically. This program is used to support our students and families. The school district wants all students to be successful and this program helps facilitate that.

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village and guests thank Kathi for a very informative talk.

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