Re: state trustee and new assoc. superintendent of business services.
- Ms. Grundhoffer is reportedly paid from WCCUSD funds. How much is she
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> For all those who are interested, state trustee Linda Grundhoffer
> visited the WCCUSD budget advisory committee to introduce herself and
> discuss her role. New Associate Superintendent of Business Services
> Sheri Gamba also met with the committee.
> Ms. Grundhoffer has 34 years of experience working in and with public
> schools, including roles such as chief business officer, bookkeeper,
> payroll and even as a principal's secretary. She has worked at school
> districts in Oakland, Lafayette, and San Ramon, among others.
> Ms. Grundhoffer said she was headed for retirement when the trustee
> position opened up and state officials invited her to apply for it,
> after becoming familiar with her during her role as a consultant with
> the Financial Crisis and Management Assistance Team (www.fcmat.org).
> As she described her role, it appears she basically has veto power
> over the school board when it comes to financial matters. And she has
> a lot of flexibility in how she chooses to exercise her authority
> there is no tool kit or standard operating procedure for a state
> trustee. She was compared to a ``Goddess'' when it comes to WCCUSD
> financial matters and she didn't disagree.
> She said she plans to play an active role in recommending financial
> strategies to WCCUSD staff. She will not be merely supervising and
> She is accountable to Jack O'Connell, the state superintendent of
> public instruction. Although she works for the state, her salary is
> paid out of district funds.
> She works under a 1-year contract which may be renewed. Once she gets
> settled in, Ms. Grundhoffer expects to spend two days a week working
> with district financial staff. She also makes verbal reports once a
> month to state and county staff. We asked that her reports be made
> public and she said she would look into it.
> The biggest financial problem facing the WCCUSD is declining
> enrollment, according to Ms. Grundhoffer. She has worked with 25
> districts over the last three years and all but one has had declining
> enrollment. This challenge is usually met by cutting staff, she said.
> She may be reached at statetrustee@... and intends to set
> up an email through the district computer system soon.
> Ms. Gamba is joining WCCUSD from the Antioch school district, where
> she worked for three years, first as a consultant and then as chief
> business officer. She has worked in public education for about 20
> years starting in Mt. Diablo, and has experience at the school,
> district and county levels.
> Ms. Gamba said her strength is her ability to make the connection
> between budgets and educational programs. The way the state funds
> education makes it difficult to maintain small schools, she said. But
> as a parent, she recognizes the reasons for the popularity of small
> schools. In fact, she shopped around for a smaller school when her own
> child was starting school in the Mt. Diablo school district. Still,
> she said research hasn't necessarily proven a causal connection
> between smaller schools and educational performance.