LCFF Budget Overview for Parents

Local Educational Agency (LEA) Name: Garden Grove Unified School District
CDS Code: 30-66522-0000000
School Year: 2020-2021
LEA contact information: Gabriela Mafi, (714) 663-6111, gmafi@ggusd.us

School districts receive funding from different sources: state funds under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), other state funds, local funds, and federal funds. LCFF funds include a base level of funding for all LEAs and extra funding - called "supplemental and concentration" grants - to LEAs based on the enrollment of high needs students (foster youth, English learners, and low-income students).

Budget Overview for the 2020-2021 School Year

Projected Revenue Chart

This chart shows the total general purpose revenue Garden Grove Unified School District expects to receive in the coming year from all sources.

The total revenue projected for Garden Grove Unified School District is $610,530,259.00, of which $445,963,591.00 is Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds, $71,689,715.00 is other state funds, $7,658,366.00 is local funds, and $85,218,587.00 is federal funds. Of the $85,218,587.00 in federal funds, $51,929,119.00 are federal CARES Act funds. Of the $445,963,591.00 in LCFF Funds, $89,396,563.00 is generated based on the enrollment of high needs students (foster youth, English learner, and low-income students).

For the 2020-21 school year school districts must work with parents, educators, students, and the community to develop a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan). The Learning Continuity Plan replaces the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2020–21 school year and provides school districts with the opportunity to desribe how they are planning to provide a high-quality education, social-emotional supports, and nutrition to their students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Budgeted Ependitures Chart

This chart provides a quick summary of how much Garden Grove Unified School District plans to spend for planned actions and services in the Learning Continuity Plan for 2020-2021and how much of the total is tied to increasing or improving services for high needs students.

Garden Grove Unified School District plans to spend $623,581,384.00 for the 2020-2021 school year. Of that amount, $55,637,138.00 is tied to actions/services in the Learning Continuity Plan and $567,944,246.00 is not included in the Learning Continuity Plan. The budgeted expenditures that are not included in the Learning Continuity Plan will be used for the following:

The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan) focused on how student learning continuity will be addressed during the COVID-19 crisis in the 2020-21 school year. The budget included was focused on the expenditures related to student learning continuity during the COVID-19 crisis, which totaled $55,637,138. GGUSD's total General Fund Budget for the 2020-21 school year is $623,581,384. The amounts not listed in the Learning Continuity Plan includes the following:

  • 1) $89,72,578 for LCAP Actions/Services to increase or improve services for high needs students.
  • 2) $374,309,400 for other LCAP Actions/Services.
  • 3) $35,014,190 of Federal Programs.
  • 4) $62,278,134 of State Programs.
  • 5) $1,240,084 of Local Grants.
  • 6) $5,349,860 for Costs Related to Employee Leaves.

Increased or Improved Services for High Needs Students in in the Learning Continuity Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year

In 2020-2021, Garden Grove Unified School District is projecting it will receive $89,396,563.00 based on the enrollment of foster youth, English learner, and low-income students. Garden Grove Unified School District must describe how it intends to increase or improve services for high needs students in the Learning Continuity Plan. Garden Grove Unified School District plans to spend $19,785,603.00 towards meeting this requirement, as described in the Learning Continuity Plan. The additional improved services described in the plan include the following:

  • In March 2020, Garden Grove Unified schools closed for in-person instruction due to COVID-19, requiring all learning to take place virtually. This transition resulted in expenditure differences because what was originally planned based on in-person learning had to be shifted to a distance learning format. Regardless of shifts, however, all district goals included in the 2019-2020 LCAP are being addressed in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • To accommodate technology deficiencies experienced by lower income families, GGUSD purchased and distributed chromebooks and mobile hotspots and provided technology support to assist with set up and problem-solving. The District also upgraded Zoom licenses to allow a larger number of parents to be able to attend information and input sessions.
  • Teacher professional development was modified to accommodate the virtual platform, focusing on how to support students in virtual learning, with particular attention on students with unique needs: English Learners, academically underperforming, and Students with disabilities.
  • After-school in-person extended learning opportunities had to be cancelled, however, where possible interventions were offered on-line. Teachers focused on high need areas paying close attention to areas of potential learning loss. In addition, GGUSD purchased FastBridge software platform to support our MTSS progress monitoring and partnered with Care Solace to provide access to individualized mental health services as needed.

Update on Increased or Improved Services for High Needs Students in 2019-2020

Prior Year Expenditures Chart

This chart compares what Garden Grove Unified School District budgeted in the 2019-20 LCAP for actions and services that contributed to increasing or improving services for high needs students with what Garden Grove Unified School District actually spent on actions and services that contributed to increasing or improving services for high needs students in the 2019-20 school year.

In 2019-2020, Garden Grove Unified School District's LCAP budgeted $91,191,211.00 for planned actions to increase or improve services for high needs students. Garden Grove Unified School District actually spent $77,228,204.00 for actions to increase or improve services for high needs students in 2019-2020. The difference between the budgeted and actual expenditures of $13,963,007.00 had the following impact on Garden Grove Unified School District's ability to increase or improve services for high needs students:

In March 2020, Garden Grove Unified schools closed for in-person instruction due to COVID-19, requiring all learning to take place virtually. This transition resulted in expenditure differences because what was originally planned based on in-person learning had to be shifted to a distance learning format. Regardless of shifts, however, all district goals included in the 2019-20 LCAP were still addressed in the 2019-20 school year.

Two areas of actions/services that had higher expenditures than budgeted were Professional Development and Parent Involvement. The increases were due to a shift from in-person instruction and services to virtual learning and online platform. Parent Involvement also increased as a result of the needs for more extra-duty hours for school community liaisons to serve school sites as well as the district office with translations and family outreach services.

Since after school in-person extended learning opportunities halted with the in-person school closure, expenditures allocated for afterschool programs also were not spent to the fullest. Similar to extended learning, resources to support all content areas, English Language Development Program and Professional development, Extended Learning Opportunities and special programs to support English Learners as well as English Learner Programs staffing/personnel’s and supplies expenditures were not fully utilized due to the shift from in-person to online learning.