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MVLA Update - January 22, 2021

 
Athletic News
The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) acted this week to move away from the proposed Central Coast Section (CCS) two-season sports schedule.  The league has prepared a proposal to create a three-season schedule with a suggested start date of February 1. Within the new proposal, teams in the SCVAL would not participate in any CCS or State playoffs this year as a trade-off for potentially offering an opportunity for more students to participate in a variety of sports.   
 
We appreciate the continued commitment of our athletic league to expanding the opportunities for our students to engage in athletic activities during the pandemic. However, at this time, because Santa Clara County remains under a Stay at Home Order, we do not know if the public health conditions will allow for the sports seasons to begin in just over a week. We are currently working with Santa Clara County Public Health Department to review the proposed three-season model and ensure it has their full approval before we move forward with any changes to our current conditioning-only model. Our athletic directors will work with the League to develop tentative schedules for each sport as-needed; it is likely that some sports will not be able to compete at all. 
 
Board Meeting Information
 We congratulate our new officers for 2021: Board President, Fiona Walter; our new Board Vice President, Catherine Vonnegut; and our new Board Clerk, Debbie Torok. We appreciate their continued dedication and commitment to MVLA and its community. 
The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2021, via Zoom starting at 7 p.m.  The agenda for our Monday meeting can be found here.  All meeting agendas, recordings, and minutes are available online.  
 
Significant Disproportionality
 The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states and local education agencies (LEAs) to address the disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education. The statute and regulations for IDEA include requirements on how these agencies must address this disproportionate representation.
 MVLA had been identified as disproportionate with the over-representation of Latino students in Special Education programs. As a result, MVLA is creating an action plan that identifies and addresses the root causes as part of a required Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS) plan. This is important to ensure equity for students who have been identified for special education services and to assure these placements are appropriate. To learn more about the CCEIS process and how it will be implemented in MVLA, view this board meeting video, starting at approximately 04:17:42. 
 
State Budget | CARES Funding
Districts are required to provide interim financial reports twice a year, estimating how much money (or revenue) a district will receive and its plan for spending those funds (expenditures). Boards of Trustees must then “certify” the reports as positive, qualified, or negative. MVLA has historically earned positive certifications, meaning it can meet financial obligations for the current year and the two subsequent years. 
 
One-time revenues boosted our current year revenue to be $2.5 million higher than initially anticipated and included approximately $2.3 million in Learning Loss Mitigation Funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
It is also important to note that MVLA is one of 80 basic aid districts in California, meaning revenue from local property taxes exceeds what we would receive under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Growth is projected for the next two years. Read more about the MVLA budget here.