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Have they just been wasting our time?

SCUSD Board Trustee Donald Terry raised an interesting question at last Thursday night’s board meeting. Specifically Terry wanted to know why “we are looking” at the Kit Carson Middle School/Sutter Middle school consolidation if that plan is “budget neutral.”

Like Terry, we would like to know what stands to be gained by merging Kit Carson and Sutter Middle Schools and why not even a hint of this proposal was put forth at recent community meetings. The first public mention of this plan was floated in a Sacramento Bee editorial last Sunday.

Additionally, why are Alice Birney, John Sloat, Lisbon and Thomas Jefferson Elementary schools on the chopping block for the first-round of closure? What do these schools have in common?

Except for Lisbon, all of these schools (including Kit Carson and Sutter) are mentioned for closing and/or consolidation in the original district-requested consultant report on “assets” –a report that was commissioned before the community engagement process began.

Which leads a thinking person to wonder if the board-initiated “listening” exercise was simply an elaborate sham. Was this yet another dishonest attempt to mockingly entertain “outside the box” thinking?

With all of the criteria (and added criteria) and matrices and drill downs and study areas and “looks” combined with the mountains and mountains of data, it STILL appears that the SCUSD Board is in danger of choosing the path of least resistance for budget remedies — school closure and teacher/staff layoffs.

So much for transparency.

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Highlights from first Facilities’ Use Community Meeting

One of our astute readers attended the first community meeting at A.M. Winn Elementary last night and writes in to give a summary of what transpired.

Interim Superintendent Susan Miller, and Deputy Superintendents Mary Shelton and Tom Barentson made an initial 20-minute presentation which included a handout outlining the study tools for school site utilization.

The three new board members (Diana Rodriguez, Donald Terry and Patrick Kennedy) attended and area 3 board member Donald Terry spoke from the audience. The Vice Mayor of Rancho Cordova, Ken Cooley, spoke and offered to explore partnership opportunities with the district.

Here is a brief list of some of the questions and comments from the audience (the unabridged version should be posted on the district web site by next week):

Information from Tom Barentson, mid year cuts = about $300 per student

College Glen Neighborhood Association made a concrete proposal to consolidate Thomas Jefferson and Bancroft into one elementary school located at Thomas Jefferson and turning Bancroft into a Jr. High school.

Other notes about audience questions:

Year around schools?

Choice schools vs. neighborhood schools?

E21 high schools and cost efficiency?

Sac Charter High open enrollment advertised in the Connection?

Grade consolidation 2/3 4/5 etc,

PTA and school fund raising to be a factor in decisions to consolidate/close

Before and After school programs, Transportation and space consideration

Future growth and use of Serna Center

Partner with Parks and Recreation

Safety after school for long walks

College Education/teacher students as adjunct for over-worked teachers

Use school for Parent Partners for Pre school (any info on this? sounds like a good program.)

Child Care opportunities at school

Special thanks to Mike Simpson

And the winners are…

The winners in the SCUSD School Board election are as follows:

Area 3
Donald Terry

Area 4
Gustavo Arroyo

Area 5
Diana Rodriguez

For complete election results visit this link.

Written by scusdobserver

November 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Sacramento Bee endorses three SCUSD Board candidates

Written by scusdobserver

October 13, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Sacramento City Teachers Association Endorses Candidates for School Board

From the website:

Area 3 – Donald Terry, trained teachers in SCUSD. He has also taught students in the District on topics ranging from balancing a checkbook to understanding different loan programs for purchasing a home.

Area 4 – Gustavo Arroyo, legislative aide for Sen. Alex Padilla. He has worked on education legislation, monitored and analyzed 100s of education bills considered by the Senate Education Committee.Area 5 – Diana Rodriguez, product of SCUSD schools and a parent in the district. She has worked as a teacher’s assistant and volunteered at her children’s schools.

Area 7 – Patrick Kennedy, labor attorney whose wife is a substitute teacher in SCUSD. Patrick is running unopposed and will not even be on the ballot.

All four candidates support preparing young people for college OR career by emphasizing the basics (math, reading, and writing) while adding skills for the future. Students these days need computer skills, teamwork, critical thinking, as well as vocational and technical training. The candidates will promote skills that will prepare them for life by teaching them responsibility, respect, and discipline.

Written by scusdobserver

October 1, 2008 at 6:10 pm

SCUSD Election 2008

Candidates and their biographies
(hyperlinked where available)…

Area 3 (edited 10/18/08)
David Chance
Vicki Simpson
Donald Terry

Area 4
Darlene Anderson
Gustavo Arroyo
Theresa Moung Hinh Saechao

Area 5
Leo Bennett-Cauchon
Toni Colley-Perry
Diana Rodriguez

Area 7
Patrick Kennedy