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SCUSD 10-14 plan — putting children first

Read the SCUSD document here:

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/45026013/SCUSD-Strategic-Plan-2010—2014-Putting-Children-First

Remaining dates for community input:

July 6    Tuesday    6:00 p.m.    Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School
July 7    Wednesday    6:00 p.m.    John F. Kennedy High School
July 8    Thursday    6:00 p.m.    Luther Burbank High School
July 13    Tuesday    6:00 p.m.    Serna Center

Link to send an e-mail to your board member. Choose by area.

Written by scusdobserver

June 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

Time for the board to step up

By Lori A. Jablonksi

Sixty-seven teachers at C.K. McClatchy High School voted this week to overwhelmingly support the collective bargaining agreement between the district and Sacramento City Teachers Association.

I want to make sure I do my best to convey the general sense and mood as
McClatchy teachers gave their approval to donate to the District over $1,000
annually for the next two years to fund elementary class-size reduction and
to establish a retiree benefit trust.

Teachers voted with no guarantee that the counselors we so desperately
need at the middle and high school levels will return.  And they did
so without any word whether pink-slipped high school teachers would be
back in the classrooms next year.  One teacher called his vote a “leap of
faith” that the Board will finally “get it” and start paying attention to
the budget and actual spending, rather than just approve what the District
staff presents.

Another, a teacher with teens soon to start college, had tears in her
eyes as she voted (actually, quite a few did).  She told me that with her
husband furloughed and with the astonishing increases in the price of
tuition she had no idea what she was going to do about her kids’
college future.  This agreement, she said, would essentially wipe away
what little discretionary income her family had left each month. (She
noted too, as did several others, that at least with furloughs they could
spend the day off at home. A bit of gallows humor, perhaps, in a
terrible situation.)  Nevertheless, she told me she voted for it, as did
over 90% of the McClatchy staff.

Most concerning to me, however, was the overall sense of skepticism
expressed that Superintendent Raymond and the members of the Board of
Trustees truly appreciate that the teachers have agreed to make a
significant financial sacrifice in order to repudiate the “race to the
bottom” mentality others were so quick to embrace:  that furloughs (teaching
fewer days!) in any way, shape or form are consistent with “putting kids
first.”

Now that the agreement has been ratified, the District, thanks in large part
to its teachers, should be celebrated far and wide as a place where the
school year was kept intact, students and families were not turned away
through furloughs, and the true education mission was preserved.

It is now time to ask SCUSD board members to step up and match the
commitment shown by District teachers to keep cuts as far away from the kids
as possible.

Over the past year, I have joined others, including Board Member
Rodriguez, in advocating for a “line-by-line” budget review public work shop
in order to ensure that all dollars budgeted and spent are done so with
priority concerns–our kids’ classroom learning experience–in mind.

This is a plea to create such a process.

It will help re-assure teachers, parents and the community, at this
crucial time when so many are sacrificing so much, that the District Board
of Trustees are determined to leave no stone unturned to find ways to reduce
the cuts to teaching and support staff going forward.   We might even
discover a way to fully fund our middle and high school counselors and
restore some reality to the oft-stated principle that we believe in
nurturing a college-going culture in this district.

Community forum tonight at Kit Carson

Superintendent Raymond continues his series of meetings on proposed budget cuts tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Kit Carson Middle School in East Sacramento.
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Written by scusdobserver

March 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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.

Written by scusdobserver

February 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

SCUSD to hold open forum Thursday for public input on superintendent search

Thursday, May 21
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Serna Center Washington Conference Room, 5735 47th Ave.
OR
Thursday, May 21
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Genesis High School Multipurpose Room, 5601 47th Ave.

More Information

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can submit your comments by following this link.

Written by scusdobserver

May 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm

CGNA proposes a two-part action at Thomas Jefferson Elem. meeting

What follows is a summary of the College Glen Neighborhood Association‘s proposal for SCUSD school consolidation/closure in east study area:

Toddler/Pre-School and 7th, 8th & 9th grade program

The Association proposes a two-part action:

1) Combine the Bancroft and Jefferson elementary school attendance areas, and modify one of the existing elementary school facilities to accommodate a k-6 and 4th R before and after school programs for younger students.

2) Modify the other elementary school facility to accommodate a full service toddler/preschool, 7th, 8th, & 9th grade junior high school, with a before and after school 4th R program intended to provide programs and activities for junior high age students. The service areas for the toddler/pre-school and 4th R programs at both locations service the District without any designated attendance areas. The boundaries for the junior high school will equal the combined current elementary school boundaries for Hubert Bancroft, Thomas Jefferson, Isadore Cohen, and O.W. Erlewine.

Special thanks to Annette Deglow

Written by scusdobserver

January 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Will C. Wood Middle School — "learning begins when you admit, I don’t know."

Highlights from the community engagement meeting held on January 27 in the Central Study Area.

  • Competitive sports need to be restored at the junior high school level to keep children interested in school, thereby stabilizing enrollment.
  • The District should establish a foundation — a non-profit organization to raise additional funding.
  • Declining enrollment at Hiram Johnson HS was most recently a direct result of the failure to institute independent study programs similar to those offered at Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (SAVA).
  • Offering additional services doesn’t always have to cost money.
  • Language translation at the community meetings for the central area is vital for parent engagement.

The meeting was sparsely attended in comparison to some other venues and the forum ended 40 minutes early at 7:20 p.m.

Written by scusdobserver

January 28, 2009 at 3:45 am