This department includes internal and external fiscal services, information technology, printing services, and operations. Through its fiscal services unit, it accounts for all K-12 public education funding in Sonoma County. This department:
- Reviews and approves school district budgets
- Produces paychecks and expenditure warrants for all districts
- Runs a countywide schools information technology system
- Reviews school attendance reports
- Provides centralized services that allow schools and districts to perform day-to-day business and administrative operations with cost efficiency.
Statistical Report: Schools of Sonoma County, 2016-17
Each year, SCOE’s staff compile attendance and financial information from all of the county’s school districts and charter schools. Then, staff uses this to produce an annual statistical report. Download the Statistical Report: 2016-17 here.
Statistical Report 2016-17: Executive Summary
The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) publishes this annual report in order to provide a financial overview of Sonoma County’s 40 school districts and its charter schools.
2016-17 marks the fourth year that school district budgets have operated under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) model, replacing a system that had been in place for about four decades. For school districts and charters, the LCFF establishes base, supplemental, and concentration grants in place of a range of prior K–12 funding sources, including revenue limits, general purpose block grants, and most of 50-plus state categorical programs.
Under LCFF, there are now four driving factors in school finance:
- Average Daily Attendance (ADA) by grade span: Base funding varies depending on the grade level being served.
- Unduplicated pupil count: The number of unduplicated English learners, low income youth, and foster youth that qualify local education agencies (LEA) for LCFF supplemental and concentration grant funding
- Gap funding percentage: During the phase-in period of LCFF, a gap funding percentage is applied to the funding ‘gap’. The funding ‘gap’ is essentially the difference between prior year’s LCFF funding and the LCFF Target entitlement which includes certain add-on components as well as supplemental and concentration grant funding. In 2016-17, LEAs received 56.08 percent of the funding ‘gap’.
- Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA): COLA is annually applied to and increases the LCFF Target entitlement rates. In 2016-17, the COLA was 0 percent.
The LCFF Target entitlement is intended to be reached by 2020-21, essentially through annual incremental increases generated from application of the gap funding percentage. Upon full implementation of LCFF, year to year funding changes will be the result of ADA growth or decline, COLAs, and unduplicated pupil count.
LCFF funding has provided growth in expenditures and growth in targeted (concentration and supplemental) funding through the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). These funds are meant to be used for the creation of programs and services for the targeted student populations. Further details on each district and charter’s finances are available in this report.
A summary of school district spending and programs as they relate to the eight priority areas set out in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is included in the appendix. This document reports on county-wide trends in programs and initiatives that school districts and charters are implementing through their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPS).