Board accepts donations to Creston Elementary School and Santa Rosa Academic Academy

ATASCADERO — Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD) met for their regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m., following their closed session at 6 p.m.

During his Superintendant Report, Tom Butler congratulated Sarah Betz, who has been selected to be the next principal at Santa Rosa Academic Academy, and Jessica Lloyd, who will be leaving AUSD and become the principal of Templeton High School. Both Betz and Lloyd were previously employed at Atascadero Middle School.

The May 17 minutes passed unanimously, as did the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included donations to Creston Elementary School from the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club for $1,000 and a donation to Santa Rosa Academic Academy from The National Park Trust for $500.


Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services E.J. Rossi gave an annual update on the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) to the Board of Trustees. 

“So the LCAP is specific to supplemental dollars. Each year we go through a process identifying how our students are progressing in the areas of academic growth, college, career readiness, and school climate,” Rossi said. “And we review that information; we review the actions and services that we have tied to those to see which are effective, which need adjustment and gather input from our educational partners, parent groups, LCAP steering committee, and our administrators. We meet with student groups and update the board along the way.

“Coming back from our last update in April, we have met with another set of student groups and our LCAP steering committee, and we’ve had no input that has caused any adjustments to our LCAP.”

This week’s report was information only, but Rossi will be bringing the LCAP report back at the June 14 meeting for approval.

Director of Support Services Brant Lloyd presented the board with the Atascadero High School Boiler Replacement Project and recommended that the bid for replacing the 30-plus-year-old boiler to Smith Mechanical for $94,054. The motion was approved unanimously.

Eric Smith presented on the Developer Fee Justification Study. 

“Probably the thing you would notice mostly in this report is that every two years, the State Allocation Board increases the amount of developer fees for residential and commercial industrial construction based on inflationary adjustment,” Smith said. “If you look in this report, you’ll see the inflation area adjustment is 17.45% between two years.”

The presented study was the first step of the process. The motion to adopt the study passed unanimously.

“This is where we get to decide what we get to do with this report. Before you is the resolution #23-21-22 regarding school facilities fees, and this has what the current residential fee is and what it would increase to, which is what the new State Allocation Board amount is that Mr. Smith brought up,” said Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Jackie Martin. “The $4.79, currently we’re charging $4.08, and the $0.78 and we’re currently charging $0.66.”

The vote to adopt the resolution passed unanimously and will go into effect in 60 days.

Martin also gave a short information-only report on the governor’s 2022-23 State May Revision Budget.

Resolution #25-21-22, Committed Fund Balances, was also brought before the board in regards to a 10 percent cap that has been triggered recently.

Martin also presented a 2022-23 Annual Budget and Reserves, which was information only and presented as a public hearing.

The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at 4 p.m., with a study session to follow.