Revenue Limit; Santa Cruz High School District, Live Oak Elementary School District, and Soquel Union Elementary School District
(a) There is hereby created in the Santa Cruz High School attendance area, a program for middle school options to eliminate revenue limit inequities in the per-pupil funding for instructional programs for pupils in grades 7 and 8. Participation is limited to the Santa Cruz High School District, the Live Oak Elementary School District, and the Soquel Union Elementary School District. The purpose of the program is to encourage and enable these elementary school districts in this attendance area to continue providing a middle school program, in addition to the junior high school program operated by the high school district, thereby increasing enrollment options for all pupils in grades 7 and 8.
(b) In order for these elementary school districts to receive an addition to the revenue limit pursuant to subdivision (g), these districts shall do all of the following:
(1) Continue to participate in a consortium with the Santa Cruz High School District.
(2) At a minimum, all pupils in grades 7 and 8 in the participating districts shall be provided with the option to enroll in either a middle school operated by the elementary school district or a junior high school operated by the high school district.
(3) Provide evidence to the Superintendent that the amount computed and allocated pursuant to subdivision (g) will be used only for pupils in grades 7 and 8.
(c) Participation by the districts in the consortium shall be voluntary.
(d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) "Junior high school program" means a departmentalized program in which pupils in grades 7, 8, and 9 select classes based on subject and move from classroom to classroom during the schoolday.
(2) "Middle school program" means a program in which teachers teach a common core curriculum to the same group of pupils in grades 6, 7, and 8, and provide a transition from self-contained classroom education at the elementary level to subject-oriented, departmentalized classrooms at the high school level.
(e) A school district shall not deny a request for enrollment made pursuant to this section unless space is not available in the selected school or unless the choice would have a negative impact on an existing desegregation plan.
(f) The average daily attendance of pupils participating in the enrollment option pursuant to this section and attending the elementary school districts shall be credited to the elementary school district of residence for purposes of determining state apportionments and revenue limits. The average daily attendance of pupils attending the high school district shall be credited to the Santa Cruz High School District.
(g) For the 1990-91 fiscal year for the Live Oak Elementary School District and each fiscal year thereafter, and for the 1991-92 fiscal year for the Soquel Union Elementary School District and each fiscal year thereafter, the Superintendent shall compute and allocate an amount in addition to the revenue limit for each elementary school district participating in the consortium, equal to the following:
(1) Calculate the average of the base revenue limits per unit of average daily attendance of the districts participating in the consortium.
(2) From the average base revenue limit calculated in paragraph (1), subtract the base revenue limit of the elementary school district per unit of average daily attendance.
(3) If the result in paragraph (2) is a positive number, then multiply the result in paragraph (2) by the average daily attendance of the elementary school district in grades 7 and 8. That amount shall be added to the total revenue limit computed for that district. If the result in paragraph (2) is zero, or less than zero, then no adjustment shall be computed for the district.
(h) If the elementary school district ceases to participate in the consortium, the adjustment computed in this section shall no longer be provided to that district.
(i) This section shall remain in effect only until July 1, 2010, and, as of January 1, 2011, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2011, deletes or extends that date.
(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 347, Sec. 4.)