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Improvement Plans for Berkeley USD   

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(a) The County Office Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team shall conduct comprehensive assessments and shall complete, by July 1, 2003, the following improvement plans for the Berkeley Unified School District:

(1) An instructional improvement plan that includes special education and programs for English language learners and is consistent with the financial improvement plan required by paragraph (2). The plan shall specify pupil outcomes that reflect significant improvement in pupil achievement, particularly in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Among the areas addressed by the plan shall be the alignment between the written, taught, and tested curriculum consistent with the state's adopted instructional standards, and the use of assessment data to make appropriate pupil placements and allocate district resources. Included in the plan shall be a clear link between professional development for all instructional staff and pupil achievement objectives, including the need for ongoing analysis and use of assessment results to tailor instruction to meet the needs of all pupils.

(2) A financial improvement plan that is consistent with the instructional improvement plan required by paragraph (1) and that includes the current and future projected solvency and fiscal integrity of the school district. The financial improvement plan shall also include, but not be limited to, specific strategies to fund the full implementation of the improvement plans specified in this section and for improving the following:

(A) Management information systems.

(B) Accounting and internal control procedures.

(C) Attendance accounting procedures.

(3) A facilities improvement plan that shall be consistent with the financial improvement plan required by paragraph (2), and that includes, but is not limited to, specific strategies for improving the following:

(A) Protection and safety for pupils, employees, and district property.

(B) Ongoing maintenance of district property.

(C) Management control and procedures for managing all construction and modernization projects.

(4) A personnel management improvement plan that is consistent with the financial improvement plan required by paragraph (2), and that includes, but is not limited to, specific strategies for improving the following:

(A) The recruitment, retention, screening, assessment, and hiring procedures for all district staff.

(B) The training of members of the governing board of the school district in the subjects about which members of the governing board must have knowledge in order to discharge their duties as board members effectively.

(C) The assessment of the administrative practices of the school district and staff development to ensure that staff have the knowledge and skills required to manage effectively the educational programs, finances, safety, and facilities maintenance of the school district.

(D) The calculation and maintenance of appropriate and efficient full-time equivalent staffing ratios for all school district staff.

(E) The governance structure of the school district in relation to board policy development, operational effectiveness, and responsiveness to the community.

(F) In addition, the personnel management improvement plan shall provide data and analysis on the number of district certificated personnel who are serving on credential waivers or emergency permits.

The plan shall provide for monitoring and support for personnel in their daily instructional duties and in completing subject matter and professional preparation requirements through a traditional, university-based program, alternative certification program, or training to pass the CBEST exam.

(5) A community relations improvement plan that is consistent with the financial improvement plan required by paragraph (2), and that includes, but is not limited to, specific strategies for improving the communication among the governing board, personnel of the school district, pupils, and parents.

(b) Commencing in December 2003, and each six months thereafter until June 2005, the County Office Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team shall file a written status report with the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature, including any special committees created for the purpose of reviewing the reports, and with the legislators representing the Berkeley Unified School District, the governing board of the school district, the Alameda County Office of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Director of Finance, and the Secretary for Education. The reports shall include the progress that the Berkeley Unified School District is making in meeting the recommendations of the improvement plans developed pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c) The County Office Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team shall provide an accounting of expenditures made by it pursuant to the requirements of this act to the Controller and the Alameda County Office of Education. The Controller shall certify unexpended balances for purposes of subdivision (c) of Section 3 of Chapter 1069 of the Statutes of 2002.

(d) This section shall remain in effect only until June 1, 2006, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before June 1, 2006, deletes or extends that date.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 62, Sec. 44.)