The Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) Trustees met via zoom to hear the tentative plans for reopening the campuses. They also heard from Chief Business Official Corey Reihl on the first interim budget for the current fiscal year.

Director of Curriculum Sean Duncan said plans for reopening have changed due to the slip back into the Purple Tier.

“I want to address how the stay at home order will affect our reopening,” Duncan said. “Small cohorts are still permitted and will start back after the winter break.”

Duncan said the district would add a week before small cohorts are allowed back on campus to be safe after holiday gatherings and celebrations. Feb. 23 is the new target date for having half of students on campus at a time.

“This is a tentative date, a conditional date,” Duncan said. “Sacramento County will have to stay under 15% in ICU for two weeks before we’re allowed to open and be in the Red Tier for two weeks.”

Reihl reported on the first interim budget for the fiscal year. He said the COVID and Cares Act Funding affected it. He said this first budget is balanced but enrollment numbers continue to be used from previous years.

“This is a very balanced budget,” Reihl said. “There are savings we are seeing from remote learning.”

The outlook for coming years is not as good, according to Reihl, who said dropping enrollment will continue to decrease revenues. By the 2022-23 school year, the district will drop $1.5 million in funds.

CalSTERS cost the district 16.15% and CalPERS 20.70% of the overall budget. Mandated Cost Block Grant is $61.94 per Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and lottery revenue is estimated to be $145 for unrestricted funds and $50 for restricted funds.

Reihl said the lawmakers are talking about funding for summer school, which would be a great help to students struggling with the distance learning.

Reihl asked the trustees to approve a change in the project manager/maintenance supervisor position since the current staff member will be retiring.

“Kevin Clemons, Director of Technology and Project Management, will be retiring at the end of April 2021. It will be a huge loss to the district, but we are very happy for him,” Reihl said.

Reihl said he’d like to see the position filled next month so the current manager can help with the transition.

“It’s very unlikely we’ll find another qualified person to do both positions,” Reihl said. “This will save the district some money by eliminating the maintenance supervisor position.”

The next regular board meeting will be on Dec. 17 via Zoom.