The San Mateo-Foster City School District held four Town Hall Meetings in December regarding school finance. Our District is chronically underfunded and currently experiencing a structural deficit caused by increased pension liability, escalating costs of doing business and the loss of $7 million in parcel tax funds last year, we are concerned that any proposed cuts will negatively affect outcomes for our students. Raising revenues would require a new parcel tax.
Thank you to our SMFCSD community for joining us during our Town Hall Meetings, many ideas & solutions were shared. Please take a moment to complete our community survey - which will be open until Jan. 8, 2018. Thank you for your support of our schools!
For community members who were unable to attend a Town Hall meeting, please share your thoughts and perspectives by completing an online survey.
Town Hall Meetings - 6:30-7:30 pm:
• Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Abbott Middle School
- 600 36th Avenue, San Mateo
• Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Bowditch Middle School
- 1450 Tarpon Street, Foster City
• Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Borel Middle School
- 425 Barneson Avenue, San Mateo
• Monday, December 18, 2017 at Bayside Academy
- 2025 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo
Fiscal Advisory Committee Purpose
Dr. Joan Rosas commissioned a Fiscal Advisory Committee (FAC) in October 2017 to review and understand the District’s budget deficit and provide input regarding reductions and potential revenue enhancements via a parcel tax. The Committee met two times in November and will meet again in January 2018. The Committee is robust with representative membership from the SMFCSD community including:
- Representatives of bargaining units and associations (SMETA/CSEA/SMEAA)Certificated and/or classified staff
- Parents/guardians serving on Parent Teacher Association (PTA), School Site Council (SSC), English Language Advisory Council (ELAC) at the school site level
- Parents/guardians with children attending SMFCSD schools
- San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation Board Members
- City Council Members from Foster City and San Mateo
- Service Organization Leaders / Other School Related Organizations
- Community Partners (Representatives of the business community cannot have a financial relationship with the District)
- San Mateo and/or Foster City Community Members