Tardy appearance by school district representative
Public education enrichment fund hearing continued
By Aldrich M. Tan
May 11, 2006
Hearings will continue next Wednesday at the Budget and Finance
Committee regarding allocation for the Public Education Enrichment
Fund to the San Francisco Unified School District next fiscal
Deputy controller Monique Zmuda said the Controller's Office
will be presenting a report next week on possible in-kind services
to the school district that could substitute for cash-funding
for the next two fiscal years.
In-kind services are services that government agencies provide
to the school district, such as the Wellness Initiative through
the Department of Public Health and the proposed city funding
to air the school board hearings on SFGTV, Zmuda said.
The hearing took place at the end of the committee meeting because
the school district spokesperson arrived late to the meeting.
The clerk of the Board called for the specific item at approximately
"There are no representatives of the school district present,"
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi observed.
"Where is the school district?" Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
said. "This is ridiculous."
Minutes later, Nancy Waymack, school district spokeswoman, dashed
into the room as the committee moved to continue the item to next
Waymack said she was surprised about how quickly the item came
up for discussion.
"I was watching the hearing at the school board building
on SFGTV," Waymack said. "I ran across the street to
City Hall as fast as I could."
Approved in 2004, the Public Education Enrichment Fund allocates
funding to the school district from the general fund starting
with $10 million during 2005-2006 and increasing every succeeding
fiscal year, Zmuda said.
One-third of the fund goes to the arts, music, sports and library
programs, Zmuda said. Another third of the fund goes to preschool
programs through the First Five Commission. And another-third
of the fund goes to education programs and other general uses.
The school district estimates that this year's funds will have
a carryover of $1.2 million to the next fiscal year in arts, sports,
music and library programs portion. Those funds will be distributed
as site allocations to middle and high schools to support physical
education, libraries, arts and music, Waymack said.
Waymack said the school district would use the next year's Enrichment
Fund allocations to create 100 new preschool spaces, and to fund
$6.6 million of sports, arts, libraries and music programs next
The school district also plans to allocate $2.28 million of the
Enrichment Fund to increase teacher salaries, as the result of
a tentative agreement between the school district and the United
Educators of San Francisco April 2006, Waymack said.
The school district requested for a total of $4.1 million will
be allocated from this year and next year's Enrichment Fund to
support the pay increase, Waymack said.
"That allocation will come from the third of the Public
Education Enrichment Fund focused on general education program
funding," Zmuda said.
The committee members moved to continue the hearing to next week.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd said he was interested in seeing how
the use of in-kind services as substitutes to cash funding could
also affect the funding allocation in the next two years.
The undistributed money from upcoming Public Education Enrichment
Fund allocations would go back into the General Fund for re-distribution,
"If it concerns next year's allocation, you have my commitment,"
Elsbernd said to Waymack, "but we'd also like to look at
how the funds will be allocated for 2007 to 2008."