Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MAYOR PRO TEM FERRARO

DATE: JUNE 17, 2003

SUBJECT: STUDENT AND THE LAW

RECOMMENDATION

Consider Mayor Pro Tem Ferraro’s request to fund the Student and the Law program as part of Public Safety Special Programs in the City Budget.

INTRODUCTION

On June 4, 2003, Mayor Pro Tem Ferraro requested that staff place an item on this evening’s agenda to re-consider whether to fund the Student and the Law program as part of Public Safety Special Programs in the City Budget.

BACKGROUND

The three Regional Law Enforcement Cities (Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates and Rolling Hills) share the cost of providing the Student and the Law program to local high school students. Prior to FY 02-03, the program consisted of a Sheriff’s deputy teaching a single, one-hour class five days per week at Peninsula High School and a single, one-hour class taught two days per week at Rancho del Mar Continuation School. On August 8, 2002, prompted by a request from Mr. Kelly Johnson, Principal at Peninsula High, the Regional Law Enforcement Committee recommended that each city fund two additional classes during the Spring 2003 Semester at Peninsula High School (see attached letter dated April 21, 2003). The request was approved by the three cities, with the understanding that continuation of the funding for the expanded program would be evaluated as part of the next budget cycle.

For a last six years, Deputy Tony Del Pinto has taught the Student and the Law classes at both Peninsula High School and Rancho del Mar Continuation School. With the addition of two more classes at Peninsula High School during the Spring 2003 semester, the workload became too large for Deputy Del Pinto to handle alone. Therefore, in Spring 2003, Deputy Del Pinto taught the three, five-day per week classes at Peninsula and two CORE Deputies (Deputy Brandon Epp and Deputy John Despot) shared the responsibility of teaching one, two-day per week class at Rancho Del Mar.

At its May 8, 2003 meeting, the Regional Law Enforcement Committee recommended that each city fund Principal Johnson’s request for two classes per semester at Peninsula High School during the 2003-2004 school year, for a total of four classes per year at this campus. Under this scenario, the number of classes offered next school year would be the same as the 2002-2003 school year (4 classes), but would be spread equally between the Fall and Spring semesters (2 classes per semester). No changes were proposed to the number of classes taught at Rancho del Mar Continuation School (one per semester for the total of two classes per school year).

At the May 10, 2003 Budget Work Session, the City Council decided to eliminate separate funding for the Student and the Law program and require that the CORE Deputies teach the classes at both high schools as part of their regular duties. Therefore, the cost of the Student and the Law program would be included in the $138,985 budget for the Grant Deputy program for FY 03-04. Based on this direction, staff modified the budget document to eliminate Student and the Law from Public Safety Special Programs (001-214) and noted in Sheriff’s Services (001-211) that the CORE Deputy Team would assume responsibility for this program beginning in FY 03-04 (see attached budget document excerpts). The budget was adopted in this configuration on June 3, 2003.

DISCUSSION

At the request of Mayor Pro Tem Ferraro, staff contacted Principal Kelly Johnson to discuss the Student and the Law program. Mr. Johnson indicated that using CORE Deputies to teach the classes at Peninsula High School would be unworkable for him because the CORE Deputies are not state certified instructors (see attached letter received on June 11, 2003). Captain Jay Zuanich has also submitted at letter to staff regarding the Student and the Law program, which indicates that Deputy Del Pinto is the only deputy at the Lomita Station with a valid teaching credential (see attached letter dated June 11, 2003 and copy of credential).

Staff has also spoken to Walker Williams, Assistant Superintendent/Human Resources at the PVP Unified School District’s Administrative Office, who indicated that the CORE Deputies were probably able to teach the class at Rancho del Mar because the program is much smaller at this campus and a certified instructor already on staff served as the "teacher of record" for the purposes of taking attendance and issuing grades. However, Staff was unable to confirm this with Ms. Rosemary Humphrey, Principal at Rancho del Mar Continuation School, prior to the preparation of the agenda packet. Staff will attempt to speak to Principal Humphrey prior to tonight’s meeting and report the results of the conversation to Council as part of the oral staff report.

FISCAL IMPACT

A General fund appropriation of $20,406 would be required to fund for the requested Student and the Law program as part of Public Safety Special Programs in FY 03-04 (see attached calculation sheet). The City of Rolling Hills Estates has included full and separate funding for the Student and the Law programs in its adopted budget for FY 03-04. The Rolling Hills City Council is scheduled to adopt its budget on June 23, 2003 and the draft document, which has already been considered at one public hearing, currently includes full and separate funding for the program.

Respectfully submitted:

Carolynn Petru

Assistant City Manager

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachment:

Calculation of Student and the Law Costs for FY 03-04

STUDENT AND THE LAW

FISCAL YEAR 2003/2004 COST

Three Classes Each Fall and Spring Semester

1. Two classes at Peninsula High School per semester

Classroom Time: 180 school days X 2 hours per day = 360 hours

Preparation Time: 36 school weeks X 4 hours per week = 144 hours

Total: 504 hours X $55.57 per hour = $28,007.28

2. One class at Rancho del Mar Continuation School per semester

Classroom Time: 36 school weeks X 2 hours per week = 72 hours

Preparation Time: 36 school weeks X 1 hours per week = 36 hours

Total: 108 hours X $55.57 per hour = $6,001.56

NOTE: 36 school weeks = 180 school days

FY 03-04 TOTAL: 612 hours X $55.57 per hour = $34,008.84

60% Rancho Palos Verdes = $20,405.31

30% Rolling Hills Estates = $10,202.65

10% Rolling Hills = $3,400.88