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Business Services

Department Overview

Business Services is committed to serving the fiscal and operational needs of the Cambrian School District's departments and schools. This unit develops, monitors, and coordinates the district’s budget and accounting systems including:  

• Budget Planning and Adoption   • Fiscal Reporting to federal, state and county agencies and programs   • Accounts Receivable and Payables   • Vendor Contracting Oversight   • Payroll Processing and Record Keeping   • Employee Benefits Management   • Risk Management and Insurance   • Attendance Reporting  

Cambrian School District utilizes effective cash management, accounting, and auditing practices to remain compliant with generally accepted account principles and governmental account standards.    

Statewide School Facilities Bond Program

During fiscal year 2016-17, the District started a project to obtain significant funding under the new Statewide School Facilities Bond program that came into existence with the passage of Proposition 51 (2016).  Under this program, and based on the work completed by staff and the consultant group - School Facilities Consultant, the District were eligible for up to $8.55 million in new construction and modernization dollars. Of course these dollars came with restrictions and a requirement for the District to split the cost on any approved project with the State.  

Clean Audit Opinions 

As of June 2015, the District obtained a clean audit opinion each year as a district for over a decade.  This means that all controls are in place and effective and that the numbers included in our annual financial reports accurately reflect the district financial position and annual results.  We like to thank the entire Cambrian staff for this continued success in solid fiscal management.   

Measure I Dollars Saving The District Money

On June 3, 2014, voters residing within the Cambrian School District passed Measure I. Measure I is a $39 million bond measure that authorizes funding for needed repairs, upgrades, and new construction projects to the District’s schools. Proposition 39 required a 55% majority for approval; Measure I was passed by 72.47%.
With the use of Measure I funds the District completed the construction of solar canopy structures at all 5 active school sites and the District Office. The solar canopies will produce about 85% of our electrical power needs on an annual basis. This is expected to result in the District saving over $280,000 in our first 12 month period and potentially increase each year thereafter. We expect to average over $465,000 in annual savings over the next 25 years.  

Successful Refinancing Saving The Community Money

Once again the District continued its good stewardship of public dollars. In October 2013, the District was able to save taxpayers $1.14 million by refinancing a portion of other outstanding debt (the Series A 2003 Bonds). To learn more, read through the GFSI (Governmental Financial Strategies, Inc.) presentations disclosed during the Thursday, September 18, 2014 and Thursday, October 3, 2013 Board meeting.  

Measure I Website 

February Facilities Update

Cambrian's Master Facilities Plan 

Parcel Tax - General Information


On March 6, 2001, 68.4% of the voters in the Cambrian School District approved Measure A, a parcel tax that improves children's academic performance, helps to limit class size, improves teaching quality, and expands art, science, music, technology, and physical education.  This parcel tax took effect on July 1, 2001 and is adjusted annually by changes in the Consumer Price Index for the Bay Area.

The parcel tax generated approximately $823,6660 for the 2018-19 fiscal year (June 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019). 

A parcel is defined as any unit of land within the District's boundaries that now receives a separate tax bill from the Santa Clara County Tax Collector's Office. For more details by phone, please call 408-377-2103 and ask for our Controller within our Business Department

An exemption shall be granted for any parcel owned by one or more persons 65 years of age or over who occupies said parcel as a principal residence, upon annual application for exemption. All property that is exempt from ad valorem property tax shall be exempt from this special tax.  Parcel tax exemption application or exemption renewal for the 2019-20 fiscal year are due by May 31, 2019.  See links below for the necessary forms that need to be completed.  Forms should be submitted IN PERSON to the District Office located at 4115 Jacksol Drive in San Jose, attention: Controller, Business Department.


Voters in the Cambrian School District approved Measure H, a parcel tax that took effect July 1, 2018, and generates $736,512 for improvements within the District, including funding for math, science, reading, engineering, technology, and arts, to retain highly qualified teachers and maintain class sizes. This parcel tax is adjusted annually by changes in the Consumer Price Index for the Bay Area.

Parcel Tax Exemption Form

 Complete Text of Measure A

Outside Links

SCCSIG (Santa Clara County School Insurance Group)

Capitol Advisors Group

Santa Clara County Office of Education

School Innovations and Achievement

California Department of Education


Dr. John Pappalardo
Chief Financial Officer

Vivian Rojas

Sweekar Simpson
Payroll and Benefits

Rebekah Ortega
Account Clerk II 

Fai Wong 
Account Clerk III