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SCUSD 10-14 plan — putting children first

Read the SCUSD document here:—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

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Written by scusdobserver

June 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

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.

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

Luther Burbank HS Community Meeting notes of 2/18/08

Translation provided in three different languages.

Thanks expressed to Board Members Diana Rodriquez and Gustavo Arroyo for attending.

Shared administration currently being considered for schools with close proximity.

SCUSD needs a plan to make the most use of its parents as partners with the district.

Community comments:

  • Many important programs for this community are in place but not listed in the matrix. Their ability to follow the students needs to be considered.
  • Small learning communities are important at every level.
  • Language support at school is very important for family involvement.
  • Cultural training for staff so that they are not seen as rude is a need.
  • The community and the district need to educate each other as equal partners.
  • There needs to be greater diversity at the Cabinet level.
  • More bilingual staff is needed.
  • Too many changes will bring confusion into the community.
  • Bottom up supports through community counselors and social workers are necessary foundations for the academic work of the school.
  • Too many of our students are basic or below and each site needs unique interventions.

Specific ideas:

  • If the administration needs support in creative thinking then ask the community agencies.
  • If administration needs help to ask the state for money, community members are ready to offer their assistance.
  • Many community agencies are a good fit for working out of a school.

Written by scusdobserver

February 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Summary of Staff’s Presentation at the 2/12 Board Workshop

By Leo Bennett-Cauchon

SCUSD staff is developing an outline of preliminary facilities options in a 3 year plan format. The stated need is to provide quality educational programs with declining fiscal resources.

The stated priorities that guide the plan include equity, access and achievement for every student by name, a safe environment, family engagement and strong partnerships.

The themes from community engagement are: expand successful programs, consider all options prior to closing neighborhood schools, especially consider effects on poorer and historically under served/underachieving students, keep schools small, increase services to save schools and provide for a fair process.

Development of the facilities plan will use a systems-approach which is defined as using policy priorities and strategic plan as a frame, and a decision-impact analysis, including short and long term components.

SCUSD is right sized at the high school level with 5 schools if high school enrollment is adjusted by subtracting West Campus, Engineering and Science, Health Professions and “Dependent Charters”. Dividing this enrollment figure by a goal number of 1,800 results in an ideal of 5.

Middle School enrollment less Engineering and Science divided by a goal of 800 students indicates that SCUSD is one over at 9 sites. A goal of 900 would yield 2 over ideal.

K-8 enrollment divided by 500 students results in 4.5; by a 600 goal results in 5.5. Currently SCUSD has 5 such schools.

Elementary Schools minus dependent charters divided by 600 students results in 36 as an ideal, divided by 500 results in 43 and divided by 400 as a goal results in 54 (I added this last calculation for comparison). Currently 52 schools are in this configuration.

Specific preliminary recommendations were presented. In the first year the major impacts appear to be relocating the Marian Anderson programs, possibly co-locating the MET, expanding John Morse to Harkness and co-locating programs at Washington and Freeport.

Finally, a draft school closure criteria was shared. Eight criteria: enrollment, new home projects, reuse commitments, proximity to other schools, and % of capacity, resident attendance, busing, free/reduced lunches were given ranges and point values (1 to 3 for most criteria). It is assumed that the more points a school receives the higher its ranking will be on any closure/relocation consideration list.

An initial analysis would indicate that enrollment is the most important criteria since these points are multiplied by two for the final results. It also seems that the criteria need close inspection for a bias against established neighborhoods (no new housing projects burdens a school with 4 points); against elementary schools with many portables (age and relation to permanent buildings are not factored in), with high use of free/reduced lunch (about seven schools will receive 1 point for being below 50%, 17 schools do not get points adjusted for being at 90% or above – current highest criteria is 80%) and with historically under serviced (use of % attending).

Additional criteria that should be considered are the % of English Language Learners the number of bathrooms, and the diversity index of enrollment. Additional soft factor criteria need review.

Board Meeting Packet, Items and Presentations from the Special Board Workshop of February 12, 2009

Written by scusdobserver

February 14, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Highlights from Leonardo Da Vinci Community Meeting of 2/11/09

Staff’s new comments

  • Night-time security officers pay for themselves by reduced vandalism.
  • The district will post its draft closure criteria soon.

Community comments
(So called soft factors currently not in the district’s decision criteria)

  • Parents expressed support for John Morse, Hollywood Park, LDV, Sutter and all our schools.
  • Schools have substantial volunteer investments over the years that need to be respected.
  • Our small neighborhood schools include deep roots like students returning to be teachers.
  • Parents have transferred into SCUSD due to its smaller sized neighborhood schools.
  • Teaching teams and their networks of support represent years of effort and training. This can be diluted by closure and consolidation.
  • Limited access to open enrollment based on transportation issues is an equity concern.
  • A perspective of people, place and program needs to be brought into these decisions.

Specific ideas

  • Community volunteers could watch schools to prevent vandalism.
  • SCUSD needs to invest in success and expand programs with waiting lists.
  • Small schools provide options to expensive special education services that the size of bigger schools preclude.
  • The study areas do not always make sense since some schools are closer to other study areas than to schools in their area.
  • Schools need equitable access to facilities such as gyms and stages.
  • Facility use permit prices are a potential source of more income.
  • The MET could be housed at CK McClatchy.
  • The MET needs to stay at its current location due to its unique needs.

Written by scusdobserver

February 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

One Size Does Not Fit All

Highlights for Wednesday evening’s community meeting at Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School, West study area.
Board Members in attendance: Roy Grimes, Patrick Kennedy, Diana Rodriguez
The school’s auditorium was packed full of supporters for John Morse Waldorf , MLK (K-8) and Lisbon elementary schools.

Community comments

  • Many speakers voiced support for John Morse Elementary and its Waldorf methods programs of art, music and alternative learning environments. A suggestion was made to augment the John Morse program at Harkness Elementary School, thereby eliminating the problem of over-enrollment lottery while offering the Waldorf program a place to grow.
  • One community member expressed outrage at the ongoing construction of the Pocket-Greenhaven Library (in conjunction with the School of Engineering and Sciences). Deputy Superintendent Tom Barentson explained that the joint-use project has already been financed with voter-approved bond money and the costs associated with the construction do not affect SCUSD’s current budget woes.
  • A MLK parent suggested a joint-use proposal for SMUD to install solar rooftops across the district’s schools to begin the transition to renewable energy.
  • A neighbor mentioned that the district should consider more pre-school and kindergarten classes to keep schools open because of a growing number of young families with toddlers in the area.
  • The PTA president at MLK suggested that the district look into asking wealthy donors to give money to the schools. Other speakers proposed corporate advertising or partnerships with business as a way to sponsor the school system – a recurrent theme at many of the recent community meetings.
  • A schools’ psychologist asked the district to look at parent involvement when considering school closure.
  • Karen Young, former SCUSD board member, suggested that the current board needs to look at personnel costs, benefits, and retirement costs and ask employees to share the deficit with possible furloughs or re-negotiated contracts. When approached for reaction, a representative of the Sacramento City Teachers’ Association had no comment on Young’s remarks.