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					                 2008-09 Electronic Funding Determination Request
                         Form - Instructions for Submission

1. This application packet was developed to provide applicant schools with electronic tools
   that standardize the Charter School Nonclassroom-based Funding Determination process
   in a format that facilitates the review and analysis of the request. The Microsoft Excel
   formatted workbook includes a template version of the Funding Determination Request
   Form for 2008-09 (to be completed by applicants). It also includes integrated hidden
   worksheets for Funding Determination Calculations and analyses, and a template for use
   by the California Department of Education (CDE) staff to provide summary data, analysis,
   and comments to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools (ACCS).


2. All applicant schools must complete the Funding Determination Request Form.
3. This is a spreadsheet report and as such should be completed using Microsoft Excel. The
   spreadsheet is protected to only allow data entry in the fields specifically identified by
   YELLOW shading (nonasterisk fields). GREEN shaded fields, which also have a single
   asterisk for accessability, are calculated by formulas included in the spreadsheet. The
   forms are also designed to auto-fill repetitive data.
4. Additional information is included that may be helpful in answering questions about what
   should be included in each cell. In specific cells identified by a small red triangle in the
   upper right corner of the cell, there are "cell comments". To review cell comments, place
   the cursor in any cells with a small red triangle in the upper right corner of the cell and a
   pop-up narrative box will appear with pertinent information.
5. In the Funding Determination Request Form there is a hyperlink to the CDE Web site with
   instructions and access to Education Code and the California Code of Regulations
   sections that affect Nonclassroom-based Funding Determinations. You must have an
   active Internet connection to be able to click and navigate to these pages that provide
   pertinent information.
6. Submission Instructions:
   a) E-mail the completed Microsoft Excel workbook with a school specific file name listing
   the Charter school number and name of the school:
   123ABCCharter Academy.xls to:
                                       Charters@cde.ca.gov
   b) In addition to the electronic file, a printed copy of the completed Funding Determination
   Request Form with appropriate signatures is also required. The form should be mailed to:


                       Attn: Nonclassroom-based Funding Determinations
                                     Charter School Division
                               California Department of Education
                                     1430 N Street, Suite 5401
                                      Sacramento, CA 95814
                                       Fax: (916) 322-1465
                              2008-09 Nonclassroom-Based Funding Determination
                                                                                                                      (Based on prior year data. See
                                                                              Instructions for clarification.)
        Link to Instructions, Education
                                                                                     http://www.cde.ca.gov/49451
        Code , CA Code of Regulations:
                                                          To be completed by Charter School (unprotected)
                                                                Calculated by Software (protected) *


Section I. Charter Information

Charter School Name:                               La Vida Charter School                                   Charter #:                  822


CDS Code:                      23-65623-0112300                                                               County:             Mendocino

Authorizing Entity:                            Willits Unified School District

Street Address:                                                                     16201 N. Hwy 101

City:                                        Willits                   State: CA                  Zip:                      95490

Mailing Address:                                                                       PO Box 1461
(if different)
City:                                        Ukiah                     State: CA                  Zip:                      95482

Contact Name:                                  Ann Kelly                            Title:                           Director

Phone #:                                  707-459-6344                            Fax # :                          707-459-6377

E-mail Address:                                                                     aakelly@sbcglobal.net


% Funding Requested:                         100%                     Number of Years of Request:                    Three Year Request

Date Charter Granted:                       7/1/2006                          Date Charter Expires:                        6/30/2009
                                           mm/dd/yyyy                                                                      mm/dd/yyyy
                                                       Expiration of Current Funding Determination:                        2008-09
Specify Grade Levels Served and Enrollment:
           Grade Level:              K-12                                           ADA         82.00         ASAM:                     No

Section II. Certification
    I certify that:
                       1) The information provided is true and correct to the best of my ability and knowledge.

                          2) This charter school’s nonclassroom-based instruction is conducted for and substantially dedicated to the
                             instructional benefit of the school’s students.

                          3) This charter school’s governing board has adopted and implements conflict of interest policies.


                          4) All of the charter school’s transactions, contracts, and agreements are in the best interest of the school and
                             reflect a reasonable market rate for all goods, services, and considerations rendered for or supplied to the
                             school.




                                                         Signature of Authorized Individual Representing Charter School

                                             Administrator
                                    Title of Authorized Individual                                                       Date




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                                                                                                                       (Based on prior year data. See
                                                                                 Instructions for clarification.)
        III. Financial Information
SectionLink to Instructions, Education
                                                                                        http://www.cde.ca.gov/49451
       Code , CA Code of Regulations:
  A. Resources Available for Expenditure
                            1. Revenues and Other Financing Sources
                                       a. Federal Revenues
                                                     (i) Amount of start up, implementation and
                                                         dissemination grant(s) in 1a.

                                       b. State Revenues                                                                   $                    434,430
                                       c. Local Revenues                                                                   $                    162,548
                                                     (i) Amount in Lieu of Property Taxes in 1c.           $    161,348
                                       d. Other Financing Sources
                                       e. Subtotal All Financing Sources *                                                 $                    596,978
                           2. Ending Balance from Prior Fiscal Year

                           3. Total Resources Available for Expenditure *                                                  $                    596,978
  B. Expenditures and Other Financing Uses
                           1. Instruction and Related Services
                                       a. Salaries and Benefits
                                                      (i) Certificated                                                     $                    353,101
                                                      (ii) Classified                                                      $                     20,253
                                       b. Books, Supplies and Equipment                                                    $                     35,079
                                       c. Services and Other Operating Costs
                                                      (i) Contracts for Instructional Services                             $                       7,685
                                                      (ii) Contracts for Instructional Support
                                                     (iii) All other Instruction Related Operating Costs                   $                     39,524
                                       d Subtotal Instruction and Related Services *                                       $                    455,642
                           2. Operations and Facilities
                                       a. Salaries and Benefits
                                                      (i) Certificated
                                                      (ii) Classified                                                      $                      4,710
                                       b. Books, Supplies and Equipment                                                    $                      1,505
                                       c. Services and Other Operating Costs                                               $                     33,540
                                       d. Facility Acquisition & Construction
                                       e. Subtotal Operations and Facilities *                                             $                     39,755
                                       f. Allowable Facility Costs
                                                      (i) Provide Actual Square Footage occupied by
                                                          the charter school                                      4,547
                                                     (ii) Total Classroom-Based Average Daily
                                                          Attendance (if applicable) as reported at the
                                                          prior-year second apportionment (P2)                    82.00
                                                     (iii) Total Student Hours attended by
                                                           nonclassroom-based pupils at the school site        22,185.00

                           3. Administration and All Other Activities
                                       a. Salaries and Benefits
                                                      (i) Certificated                                                     $                      2,859
                                                      (ii) Classified                                                      $                     28,726
                                       b. Books, Supplies and Equipment                                                    $                      2,157
                                       c. Services and Other Operating Costs
                                                     (i) Contracts for Other Administrative Services
                                                     (ii) Supervisorial Oversight Fee                                      $                       5,523
                                                    (iii) All Other Administration & Other Activities,
                                                          Services & Operating Costs                                       $                     26,606
                                       d. Subtotal Administration and All Other Activities *                               $                     65,872




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                                                                                                                                     (Based on prior year data. See
                                                                                       Instructions for clarification.)
       Link to Instructions, Education
                                                                                              http://www.cde.ca.gov/49451
SectionCode , CA Code of Regulations:
        III. Financial Information (continued)
  B. Expenditures and Other Financing Uses (continued)
                                 4. Other Outgo and Other Financing Uses
                                            a. Debt Service
                                            b. Transfer to District or County
                                            c. All Other Outgo
                                            d. Subtotal Other Outgo and Other Financing Uses *                                         $                               -
                                 5. Total Expenditures/Other Uses *                                                                    $                         561,269
  C. Excess (Deficiency) of Revenues Over Expenditures
                          1. Total Excess Revenues *                                                                                   $                           35,709
                                            a. Reserve Designated for Economic Uncertainties                                           $                           35,709
                                            b. Reserve for Facilities Acquisition or Construction
                                            c. Other Reserve


Section IV. Additional Information
  1. Provide the charter school’s pupil-teacher ratio as calculated pursuant to Education Code Section 51745.6 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5,
     Section 11704.
                                          Pupil to teacher ratio does not exceed 25 to 1 or the pupil to teacher ratio of the charter school does not exceed that
               11            to 1         of the largest USD in county(s) served.
                                               Enter 25 to 1 or the pupil to teacher ratio of the largest unified school district in the county(ies) served by the charter.
                   25              to 1

                                               Enter the name of the largest unified school district in the county(ies) served by the charter school if not using 25 to 1
                                               as the comparison pupil to teacher ratio.
   2. Are any entities receiving $50,000 or 10% or more of the charter school's total expenditures reported in Section III,
      Lines B.1.c, B.2.c, and B.3.c?                                                                                                                    No

        Provide a listing of entities that received $50,000 or 10% or more of the charter school’s total expenditures reported in Section III, Lines B.1.c, B.2.c, and
        B.3.c, and the amount provided to each. Are each of the contract payments made by the charter school based on specific services rendered, clearly
        stating the fee per service rendered and invoiced accordingly? Are any of the contract payments based upon an amount per unit of average daily
        attendance or some other percentage of the charter school’s revenues, enrollment, etc.? If so, which ones?
                                                                                                                                        Payment Basis
                                                                                                                   Fee for Service
                        Entity                          Amount                     Purpose/Explanation
                                                                                                                     rendered -                    % per ADA
                                                                                                                      invoiced

   a
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
   b                                                                                                                 Select one                    Select one
    c
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
   d
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
   e
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
    f
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
   g
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
   h                                                                                                                 Select one                    Select one
    i
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
    j                                                                                                                Select one                    Select one
    k
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
    l
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
   m
                                                                                                                     Select one                    Select one
   n                                                                                                                 Select one                    Select one
   o                                                                                                                 Select one                    Select one




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                                                                                                                              (Based on prior year data. See
                                                                                   Instructions for clarification.)
        IV Additional Information (continued)
SectionLink to Instructions, Education
                                                                                          http://www.cde.ca.gov/49451
       Code , CA Code of Regulations:
  3. Who are the members comprising the charter school’s CURRENT governing board (i.e. how many parents, teachers, etc)?
                                                                 Selection or Representative
                     Name                    Board Position                                     Start of Term      End of Term
                                                                           Authority
   a      Cynthia Raiser Jeavons               President                    Parent              1-Oct-05           1-Oct-09
   b         Juanita Joy Riddell               Secretary         Education (not employee)       1-Mar-07           1-Mar-09
   c             Paula Britton                  Member                Parent/ Financial         1-Sep-08           1-Sep-10
   d         Emily Bartholomew                  Member                      Legal               1-Feb-09           1-Feb-11
   e
    f
   g
   h

   a In the text box below describe how and when Board members are selected.
     The nominating committee, appointed by the board, researches and interviews prospective candidates. The committee reports to the board
     and the board votes on those nominated. There are specific time lines for the procedures. The board seeks a balance of skills to serve the
     school which are delineated in the by-laws.



   b Does the charter school’s governing board have adopted and implemented conflict of interest policies and
                                                                                                                                                 Yes
     procedures? If yes, please provide a copy.
   c Are any of the governing board members affiliated in any way with any of the entities reported as a response to
                                                                                                                                                  No
     question 2? If yes, please provide an explanation in the text box below.




  4. In the text box below explain the reasons for the expenditures (Transfers to "Districts or County") reported in Section
     III, Line B.4.b.




  5. List the “Other Reserves” and the amount of each reported on Line C.1.c (if applicable).
       Amount of Reserve                                                            Purpose of Reserve




  6. How many full-time equivalent employees are at your school?                                                                                                9.78
       How many full-time equivalent employees at your school possess a valid teaching certificate, permit, or other
       document equivalent to that which a teacher in other public schools would be required to hold issued by the
       Commission on Teacher Credentialing?                                                                                                                     8.10
       Do you request exclusion for one-time special purpose funds or special consideration for 2008-09 budget
  7.                                                                                                                                              No
       reductions?
       If yes, in the text box below list any one-time special purpose funds that you wish CDE staff to consider as a mitigating factor. Include a description of the
       program, the amount of one-time special purpose funds, and whether you request the funds to be excluded from the calculation for Certificated Staff
       Costs, Instruction and Related Services Costs, or both. If requesting special consideration for 2008-09 budget reductions, please explain special
       circumstances below.




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                                                                                                                    (Based on prior year data. See
                                                                            Instructions for clarification.)
      the to Instructions, Education
8. In Linkspace below, explain what steps are being taken to improve the academic performance of students at your school.
                                                                                   http://www.cde.ca.gov/49451
     Code , CA Code of Regulations:
   La Vida believes that the first step in acheiving academic progress is to provide a safe environment for students and families. Many students
   who find their way to La Vida have been traumatized in their personal lives or at their former schools. When students feel safe, then learning
   can occur. At La Vida, students encounter a beautiful, respectful and fun environment. La Vida works with its entire learning community to
   improve academic performance. The school provides support and training for faculty, parents as well as students. Last year parents and
   faculty were offered workshops is curriculum, writing, math, parenting, Waldorf approaches, differentiated instruction, health and special ed
   topics and more. La Vida has begun to use a formative assessment published by NWEA to analyze and target instruction with some success
   (test scores skyrocketed last year.)

  The philosopy of the school is to start where the student is academically, and then meet them at their level and grow from there. Therefore La
  Vida provides an opportunity for a very personalized educuation. Last year lottery funds were used to purchase material supports carefully
  picked for each student based on the results of the NWEA test. Many of the students enrolling in La Vida are far below
  grade level, especially in high school. This year a special, extended time, basic math class taught by a gifted math
  teacher/curriculum developer, is being offered and is required for all high school students at that level. Two other teachers are
  involved in the class learning and practicing the special method. Students are able to learn and work through basics that they
  have been thwarted by for years. Besides passing the Cahsee the school aims to give students the skills they need for life.
  This year a great effort has been expended in implementing the Report Writer program with hopes that teachers will spend more
  time on education and less time on independent study paperwork.




9. In the text box below, feel free to provide any additional information or explanation you feel may have a material affect on our evaluation and
   recommendation. If more space is required, an additional Word document may be submitted with this form.
   La Vida Charter School is a small school alternative offering flexiblity and personalized education to Mendocino County residents for the past
  eight years. Located in the heart of the county on Highway 101 between Ukiah and Willits, the school resides on the beautiful and historic,
  5000 acre Ridgewood Ranch, Home of Seabiscuit. While all of the K-12 students are enrolled in independent study, the school offers culturally
  rich on-site classes two days per week for elementary and middle school students and one day for high school. Inspired by Waldorf Education,
  core academics are presented in a morning lesson to a mixed grade class with specialty classes comprising the balance of the day. 60% of
  the students enjoy on site program while 40% choose independance meeting with their teacher once a week or month depending on the grade
  and ablility. La Vida is a parent's choice school with most seeking a small, respectful environment. About 10% of the population are special
  education students with another 10% served by the SST, student success team process.

  The administrator often experiences tearfully grateful parents exclaim that the needs of their student are finally being met.
  Most of the families are not committed to independent study or homeschooling. It is an option that meets their needs for the time
  and is a temporary solution. Therefore there is a high degree of turn over which makes longtitudinal achievement difficult to
  accomplish and measure. The standandard of error is high. Growth does occur for most students and often it is remarkable to see
  how much a student can improve once they are relaxed, respected and met at their level. With the annually increasing overhead and
  mandated costs, the economic down turn, and regiional decreasing enrollment, meeting the funding determination percentage quota is
  increasingly difficult and may become impossible in the future. The La Vida administration requests that the powers that be in the
  charter world, whether through committee or legislation, revisit and rebench the the requirement levels to encourage the sustainability
  and success of innovative small schools.




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                                    2008-09 Nonclassroom-Based Funding Determination
                                                                                               CDE Funding
                                    Recommendation and Summary Worksheet
                                         To be completed by CDE Staff (unprotected) (Based on prior year data.)
                                 Filled From School Data Provided on the Request Form (protected)**
                                                Calculated by Software (protected) *
Section I. Charter Information
**Charter School Name                                  La Vida Charter School                                                   **Charter #               822

**CDS Code:                          23-65623-0112300                                                           **County:                      Mendocino

**Authorizing Entity:                            Willits Unified School District

Type of School:                      Continuing School                               Year of most recent prior funding determination:                  2006-07
**Years Requested:                  Three Year Request                          Duration of most recent prior funding determination:                      2 yr
**% Funding Requested:                           100%                            Percent of most recent prior funding determination:                     100%
                                                                            **Expiration of most recent prior funding determination:                   2008-09
Specify:
**Grade Levels Served:                                 K-12                                          **ADA:            82.00         **ASAM:                   No

**Date Charter Granted:                             7/1/2006                                               **Date Charter Expires:                     6/30/2009
                                                   mm/dd/yyyy                                                                                          mm/dd/yyyy
Section III. Funding Calculation
         59.27%       Percent Certificated Staff Costs*                                                                   B1a (certificated)
                                                                                                                      A1a - A1a(i) + A1b + A1c(i)
           76.32%                   Expenditures on Instruction and Related Services as a percentage of total revenue*                                         B1d
                                                                                                                                                               A1e
                                     Actual Allowable Facilities Costs*
         $39,754.79                     The lesser of B2e or [(B2fii + (B2fiii /868)) * 1000]

                                     Percent Allowable Facilities Costs*
            6.00%                       Actual divided by III.A.1.e.


           82.32%                    Expenditures on Instruction and Related Services including Allowable Facilities Costs *


Section IV. Additional Required Information
1.         11        :1        **Pupil to teacher ratio at charter school.

                                                     **Pupil to teacher ratio does not exceed 25 to 1 or the pupil to teacher ratio of the charter
               25                  :1                school does not exceed that of the largest USD in county(ies) served.



              N/A                                 **If using the ratio of largest USD, please specify the district .




2.             No                  **Are any entities identified who are receiving over $50,000 or 10% or more of the charter school's
                                    total expenditures? If “Yes”, please specify or list.
                                                                                                                                               Payment Basis

                                                                                                                                Fee for Service
                        Entity                                  Amount                          Purpose/Explanation
                                                                                                                                  rendered -            % per ADA
                                                                                                                                    invoiced

2a.                                                    $                        -                                                Select one            Select one
2b.                                                    $                        -                                                Select one            Select one
2c.                                                    $                        -                                                Select one            Select one


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3.           No             Are there any potential conflicts of interest or other concerns related to the governing board?
                            If “Yes”, please explain in CDE recommendation section.

4.        $35,709           **Total Excess Revenues Reported on Line C1.
           5.98%            Excess Revenue as a Percentage of Total Resources available*                              C1 / A3


5.          8.10            **Number of full-time equivalent employees at the charter school who possess a valid teaching
                            certificate, permit, or other document equivalent to that which a teacher in other public schools would be
                            required to hold issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


Calculated Funding Determination Eligibility per Regulatory Formula(s):
                              Certificated staff compensation equals or exceeds 40 percent of total public revenues and the
                              percentage calculated for Total Expenditures on Instruction and Related Services equals or exceeds
     Yes, Receive 100%
                              80 percent of total revenues (100 percent funding) and the charter school’s pupil-teacher does not
     if Ratio above is OK
                              exceed 25:1 or the equivalent pupil-teacher ratio of the largest unified school district in the county or
                              counties in which the charter school operates.*

                              Certificated staff compensation equals or exceeds 40% of total public revenues and the percentage
             No               calculated for Total Expenditures on Instruction and Related Services equals or exceeds 70% but is
                              less than 80% of total revenues (85% funding).*

                              Certificated staff compensation equals or exceeds 35% but is less than 40% of total public revenues
             No               and the percentage calculated for Total Expenditures on Instruction and Related Services equals or
                              exceeds 60% of total revenues (70% funding).*

                              Certificated staff compensation is less than 35% of total public revenues or the percentage calculated
             No               for Total Expenditures on Instruction and Related Services is less than 60% of total revenues (No
                              funding).*

Mitigating Factors to Consider in Funding Determination:
             No             The charter school is in its first year of operation.

             No             The charter school has less than 100 units of prior year, second-period average daily attendance.

             No             **The charter school requests exclusion of one-time special purpose funds.

                            2006 Base                     2006 Statewide                  2006 Similar
             N/A            API
                                               N/A        Rank
                                                                                    N/A   Schools Rank

                            2007 Base                     2007 Statewide                  2007 Similar Schools
             603            API
                                                 1        Rank
                                                                                    N/A   Rank

                            2008 Growth                   2007 CAHSEE                     2007 CAHSEE
             752                                          ELA % Passed                    Math % Passed
                            API


                                                          2008 CAHSEE                     2008 CAHSEE
                                                          ELA % Passed                    Math % Passed


Summary of Review and Reasons for Recommendation
     CDE Recommendation:
            100%            Percent Funding Recommended by CDE Charter School Division
             4 yr           Number of Years




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Recommendation Notes, Additional Comments & Explanation:
This is a continuing school with 59.27% of the school’s total public revenues expended for salaries and
benefits for all employees who possess a valid teaching certificate, permit, or other document equivalent to
that which a teacher in other public schools would be required to hold issued by the Commission on
Teacher Credentialing; and, 82.32% of the school’s total revenues expended on instruction and related
services.

The school serves grades K through 12 and has a pupil to teacher ratio of 11:1 and a total enrollment as of
October 2008 of 88.

La Vida Charter School has a 2007 API Base of 603 with a statewide rank of 1. The school's 2008 API Growth
is 752.

The Independent Auditor reported the school has no negative audit findings.

CDE recommends 100% funding for 4 years.




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