Request for Information from the SFUSD
this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public
commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this
State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the
intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their
deliberations be conducted openly.
opening paragraph of the Ralph M. Brown Act
On April 16
by registered mail, I sent a letter to SFUSD requesting under the CA
Public Documents Act information on the SFUSD budget that was presented in "Recommended Budget for FY 2004-2005."
submitted a letter at the San Francisco Board of Education's Budget and
Business Services Committee on March 15 requesting the same information.
Even though I was assured by the Chief of Policy and Planning that I would
receive a response by April 12, I have yet to receive one.
excerpts from the letter sent on March 15 and under registered mail on
April 16, under the California Public Documents Act:
Left Beyond (NCLB)-Title 1 — Parent Involvement Resource 30108, page 53.
The budget shows that SFUSD has one person making $288,836. Is this
position being cut in FY 05-06 to help meet SFUSD's projected $10 million
America's Schools Act (IASA)-Title IV — Drug-Free School Resource 37100,
page 83, has one certified person making $237,000 with a total benefit
package of $41,170. What is the title of this position? What is the job
description of this position? How many people is this position
supervising? Is this position being cut in FY 05-06?
Development — Beginning Teachers Resource 72800, General Education 1110,
page 107, shows two classified personnel for a total of $242,041 in
salaries, for an average salary per person of $120,000. What is the
percentage of time that these positions are spending in the schools, doing
staff development with beginning teachers?
Instruction Improvement Grant (TIIG) Resource 70450 for Elementary
Schools, page 140, shows that the 16 certified personnel made an average
of $105,500 each for a total salary cost of $1,666,806. This is the
equivalent of the salary of 30-32 teachers. Again, what is the percentage
of time that these positions are spending in the classroom with elementary
teachers and students? Are these positions being cut in FY 05-06?
School Dept. 402 Resource 70450, page 142, shows a salary of $311,331 with
a benefits package of $39,539. It doesn't specify the number of FTE, but
with the size of benefit package, it looks like it could be just one
person. What is the title of this position? What is the job description of
this position? How many people is this position supervising? Is this
position being cut in FY 05-06?
Dept. 402 Resource 70450, page 143, shows a person at .850 FTE (approx. 35
hours per week) making $414,953 with benefits at $61,875. If this is true,
this is the highest paid position of not only the SFUSD but, from my
records, the entire government structure in the City and County of San
Francisco. What is the title of this position? What is the job description
of this position? How many people is this position supervising? Is this
position being cut in FY 05-06? Are there any plans for salary reduction
for this position?
Dept. 250, page 126, spent 87% of its budget ($1,644,360 + $600,200) on
services and other operating expenditures. What are their expenditures for
services and other operating services? Why is such a large portion of
their budget spent on these two areas? If it is a work order for outside
attorneys, how much is the School District paying per hour for outside
On page 111,
the Chief Business Officer Dept. 200 has a budget of $104,460 for books
and supplies. (The other offices are averaging $15,000 to $20,000.) Why
does the Chief Business Officer need a budget for books and supplies that
is approximately the size of the book budget for a branch library in San
Francisco? What items are being purchased by this budget amount?
that the San Francisco School District's personnel are facing a difficult
month with school closures, budget, and determination of the district's
future school selection process. But the district's budget should be
presented in a way that is transparent to the shareholders of San
Francisco. And again, I first requested this information on March 15 —
prior to the deadlines of the budget and school closures.
the San Francisco Call's readers updated on whether the San Francisco
Unified School District responds to my request.