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Sacramento, California

Archive for February 2010

Read the Tier III Committee’s Report

SCUSD formed the Tier III Committee to provide feedback regarding how to approach available categorical funding flexibility. Read the committee’s recommendations here. (pdf document)

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February 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Creativity, imagination, courage & sacrifice…

…SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond says these are the virtues the district’s decision makers will employ to close a $30 million gap in the 2010-11 budget.

Raymond, in conjunction with the consulting firm of School Services of California, previewed a worst-case-budget-reduction-scenario that will be presented in its entirety before the school board tonight.

What’s at stake?
Programs — like the one at Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
Staff — many within the district may be laid off or furloughed.
Schools — some may close, although Raymond says he doesn’t foresee closures this year, the big picture includes plans to balance the budget (close to the bone) until the year 2015 affording “no luxuries.”

Today at Cal Middle, Raymond will reveal preliminary results of the district’s online survey. What was a big issue among survey takers? Class size reduction.

Tonight, Raymond will combine the data from the survey with that of recommendations from the (community-led) ad hoc committee created to inform the board on what its priorities should be.

On March 4th, the trustees will be faced with difficult choices. What programs and services are the most “mission critical?”

More bad news:
Central Office and Certificated Lay Off Notices will go out by March 15
Classified Lay Off Notices will go out by April 15

Watch the board meeting tonight online. Live stream begins at 6:30 p.m.

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February 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Board Meeting Thursday 6:30 p.m.

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February 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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Budget forums begin next week…

The district has scheduled four community forums to discuss SCUSD budget cuts. Each is scheduled from 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Feb. 17 – McClatchy High School, 3066 Freeport Blvd.

• Feb. 23 – Rosemont High School, 9594 Kiefer Blvd.

• Feb. 24 – Luther Burbank High School, 3500 Florin Road

• March 3 – location to be announced

Complete results of both of the district’s online surveys will be released next week.

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February 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Strengthening our perimeters

The recent case of Gary Tudesko, the Willows student who was expelled (then reinstated) for having hunting guns in his pickup truck (parked next to his high school campus) referenced the question of whether school officials have the authority to enforce what goes on beyond the school’s sidewalk.

Today’s protest by Westboro Baptist Church zealots
on the edges of the McClatchy and Rosemont high school boundaries brings up the same question. Does the state’s education code need to be strengthened to better protect our students on their campus perimeters?

Let’s forget about gun laws and free speech laws for a moment. The pertinent question is: do we want our students potentially exposed as targets because the safe zones around our schools do not extend far enough to protect them from possible harm?

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February 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm