Sonoma County Office of Education

Fiscal Aspects of Negotiations

Local educational agency negotiations are increasingly complex. Full implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) results in a number of statutory and practical considerations. Slowing revenues, which are compounded by escalating cost pressures, are creating very strenuous conditions at the bargaining table. The year 2019-20 ushers in a new trifecta in state leadership with a new Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and State Board of Education president.

As a prelude to our Advanced Collective Bargaining Workshop, this workshop focuses on steps for preparation as you weave your way through the labyrinth of fiscal and program pitfalls that plague collective bargaining agreements. Having the ability to work your way through the fiscal issues at the negotiating table is the cornerstone of any positive settlement, and this workshop focuses on management’s tools for successful fiscal conclusions.

The workshop contains new ideas for the experienced negotiator, as well as training for the newest participant on the management side of the table.

Workshop Topics

  • Understanding the key aspects of the Educational Employment Relations Act
  • Understanding the components of the LCFF
  • Preparing for negotiations, mediation, factfinding, and the realities of impasse
  • Pricing proposals and translating the costs into table language
  • The role of the chief business official in negotiations— what’s a fair expectation
  • Negotiation pitfalls and management mistakes

When October 1, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location Teacher Learning Center at SCOE
5340 Skylane Boulevard Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Presenter School Services of California
Matt Phillips, CPA, Director, Management Consulting Services
Suzanne Speck, Vice President
Kathleen Spencer, Vice President
Cost Free
Audience District Administrators and Business Officials
Registration closes 09/20/2019
Registration Bonnie Brown, 707-524-2628,
Questions Bonnie Brown, 707-524-2628,

Online Registration is not available.