California law now requires every school district in the State to provide breakfast and lunch free of charge to every student in a school designated "very high poverty".
Very high poverty schools are defined as one that qualify to receive the free meal rate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
School Districts that are unable to comply due to financial hardship may seek a waiver by adopting a resolution. The resolution shall be publicly noticed on at least two consecutive meeting agendas, on the first meeting agenda as an information item and on the second meeting agenda as an action item.
CUSD has two schools Kinoshita and RH Dana that meet the criteria as "very high poverty" schools. Without the waiver, CUSD will have to pay to provide a free breakfast and lunch to every student in the school.
Kinoshita Elementary School
Total Enrollment 590
96.3% Hispanic or Latino
52 English Only
30 Initial Fluent English Proficient
450 English Learners
58 Reclassified Fluent English Proficient
Richard Henry Dana Elementary School
Total Enrollment 214
90.7% Hispanic or Latino
42 English Only
16 Initial Fluent English Proficient
129 English Learners
27 Reclassified Fluent English Proficient
The Resolution States as follows:
Section 3. The District is unable to comply with the universal meal service program requirements of Education Code § 49564 for the following reasons.
The impacts of Senate Bill 138 would require the District to reimburse the Food and Nutrition Services Program for collection of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Alternative Income Data Collection Forms from the general fund budget each year
Food and Nutrition Services is exempt from collecting Free and Reduced-price Meal Applications.
Because supplemental/concentration grant funding is determined by the identification of unduplicated pupil count, if there is a decline in the submission of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Alternative Income Data Collection Forms or Free and Reduced-price Meal Applications, the District will see a reduction in LCFF funding received by the state.
The District is projecting deficit spending over the next few years and implementing this program would negatively affect revenues possibly impacting students while not providing any extra benefits to low income students.
Question: CUSD have given employees 5 consecutive years of across the board compensation increases totaling over $150 million dollars. Why would a District do that if it is projecting deficit spending for the next few years?