Meeting Notes - March 17, 2015
1) Approve the Notes from February 24, 2015
The notes were approved.
Cheu reviewed the summary of major changes for the 2nd quarter report.
Second Quarter Report
SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES
The district has completed its financial analysis for the second quarter of operation (July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014). Enclosed in this document is reporting for all of the funds the district maintains as authorized by the California Education Code. The short description and analysis at the beginning of each fund report explains the purpose of the fund and recent financial trends that may have changed from the adopted budget. Also included in this report is a supplemental information section that contains the State Quarterly Report (311Q). The analysis of the General Purpose Fund follows.
GENERAL PURPOSE FUND REVENUE
Revenue, Enrollment Assumptions, and Productivity
Our overall funding includes both Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and Education Protection Account (EPA) revenue projections, in addition to the traditional state revenue funding sources generated from state apportionment, enrollment fees, and property taxes. Consequently, all revenue reports from the state are closely monitored throughout the year in anticipation of any shortfall in total state funding. A deficit factor of 1%, as recommended by the state chancellor’s office, was included in our adopted budget in the event of a revenue shortfall. In the second quarter, a one-time reimbursement of $1.2 million for prior year mandated cost claims was received and is included in this report.
Under the 2014/15 adopted budget assumptions, we anticipated serving 31,942 resident and non-resident FTES. This number reflected resident enrollment of 27,355 FTES and non-resident enrollment of 4,588 FTES.
In October 2014, the 2013/14 Apportionment Attendance Report was recertified to include an additional eighty-seven resident FTES and three non-resident FTES, for a recalculated total of 32,032 resident and non-resident FTES. The P-1 320 attendance report filed in January estimated that we will report a decrease of approximately 500 FTES by the end of this fiscal year (see Table 2). Due to the stabilization component included in Senate Bill 361, we will still receive apportionment for 2014/15 based on the 30,032 FTES generated in 2013/14. However, our funding base will be lower for 2015/16 if the decline in FTES in the P-1 reporting calculations do not change. The colleges and the enrollment management team continue to carefully monitor student enrollment, analyze course offerings, and heighten marketing and recruitment efforts to maximize access for students and to restore the FTES decline from 2013/14.
It is currently estimated that we will exceed our budgeted revenue by approximately $1.9 million for fiscal year 2014/15. This additional revenue is due, in part, to an increase in the non-resident tuition fee for 2014/15 and the balance generated from enrollment trends that we are currently analyzing to project year-end final estimates. Because this revenue stream can be more volatile and is dependent on many external factors, such as access to visas and exchange rates, we closely monitor our non-resident revenue throughout the year. We will revise our revenue projections, as well as corresponding expense estimates, in the third quarter when more data is available for analysis.
Prior Year Adjustment
The state finalizes the prior year apportionment in January of the following year, when both the final property tax revenues and final college FTES reports are certified. When the district closed its books for fiscal year 2013/14 in July 2014, the deficit factor was estimated at approximately 1%, or nearly $1.4 million. The latest information from the state chancellor’s office indicates that the 2013/14 deficit factor will most likely be reduced to approximately ½ of 1%. This will result in an increase to our 2013/14 total revenue of approximately $700,000, and the adjustment to reflect this change will be reported in the third quarter.
We have not modified the productivity estimates since the adopted budget. For fiscal year 2014/15, productivity is budgeted at 530 (WSCH/FTEF). The colleges are carefully monitoring student enrollment and course offerings to maximize access for students. We anticipate a drop in the budgeted productivity calculation by year’s end due to declining enrollment and decisions to maintain lower-enrolled classes to capture all available FTES.
GENERAL PURPOSE FUND EXPENSE
We are currently projecting approximately $477,500 in one-time savings to this category due to float from vacant non-teaching positions and unspent funds in the personnel contingency account. As in prior years, any float from vacant faculty positions will be used to hire part-time faculty and the remainder of unused funds, if any, will revert to the unrestricted fund balance.
We are currently projecting approximately $245,800 in one-time savings to this category due to float from vacant classified positions. As in prior years, any float from vacant classified and management positions will be transferred to the colleges as additional one-time ‘B’ budget.
At this time, we are not estimating any changes to the Benefits category.
Supplies and Capital Outlay
We are currently projecting a decrease of $60,000 to the Materials & Supplies category with a corresponding increase to the Capital Outlay category.
At this time, we are not estimating any changes to the Operating Expenses category.
At this time, we are not estimating any changes to the Transfers/Other category.
The net change to fund balance is the result of the combination of increases and decreases to revenue and expenses as explained in each line item noted above.
Based on all assumptions of revenue and expenses, the 2014/15 budget is currently forecast to have a slight operating surplus of approximately $283,000.
The district is projecting to end the fiscal year with a $44.2 million fund balance, of which $15.7 million represents designated college, Central Services and district-wide carryover, $1.6 million is designated for enrollment stimulus, and $8.6 million is designated for the 5% mandatory reserve. The remainder of the fund balance, $18.3 million, will be set aside as a stability fund (see Table 1).
We will continue to keep the Board informed of important developments impacting revenues and expenses as the year progresses.
3) Quick News
Present: Cheu, Cruz, Fitzpatrick, Joseph. Notes: Gibson
Apologies: Gerard & Watson are attending District Budget