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One more year on facilities use

One of our community members reports a small but important change to the Sac Charter facilities use agreement passed last night at the school board meeting.

The agreement was amended to expand the district’s intent regarding future use of the St. Hope/Sacramento Charter High School campus from just the co-location of other educational programs on the site to PURSUING OTHER USES FOR THE SITE BEGINNING NEXT YEAR INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CO-LOCATION.

This is potentially key because it opens everything up: co-location of other educational programs (which many observers feel is the politically-expedient yet ultimately unworkable path), but also relocating programs to more appropriately-sized campuses.

Board president Bell and VP Kennedy both spoke of the need and commitment to fully engage and include the community living within the boundaries of the old Sacramento High School as essential to making any sound decision as to the use of the campus going forward (next year).

Last night the entire board voted to put everything on the table. Whether the board keeps the Superintendent’s feet to the fire is so critical here as is how the entire community responds…will they insist on true engagement and asserting their voices and interests?

Up to this point and for the past seven years, the bulk of the work has been shouldered by a small group of determined and vigilant parents who never gave up on the notion that the comprehensive high school campus at 34th street belongs to Sacramento City Unified and not St. Hope.

Thank you to Lori Jablonski


Governing coherently

At tonight’s school board meeting, the trustees will be discussing and acting on the idea of coherent governance. Also on the table is the approval of the Capitol Collegiate Academy Charter School, the 2011 budget, and a reduction in force of classified and certificated employees.

Public comment is scheduled for 10:17 p.m.

I’m not your stepping stone…

A story in today’s Sacramento Bee highlights the city council race for District 5. It’s an informative article that features the rise of SCUSD trustee, Patrick Kennedy, who was elected in 2008. He ran unopposed.

Kennedy’s opponent in the race is Jay Schenirer, a former SCUSD trustee.

The underlying nuance in the article fails to mention that Kennedy’s position on the school board appears only to have served him as a political stepping stone for a higher ambition.

Conversely, Schenirer’s history on the school board (and the decisions he made regarding Sacramento Charter High School) may serve as a stumbling block.

If Kennedy’s seat on the board is vacated because he is elected to a higher office, his replacement needs to be singly devoted to helping our district solve problems and find solutions to the current devastating budget crisis. Instead of spending time raising money for a city council candidacy, he or she needs to be building consensus and focusing on the issues affecting our schools.

Written by scusdobserver

April 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

Kennedy to run for city council?

In today’s Sacramento Bee, Ryan Lillis reports that Mayor Kevin Johnson is backing former SCUSD Board Member Jay Schenirer to run for Sacramento City Council District Seat 5.

Political insiders say he also has the inside track on garnering Johnson’s support because as vice president of the Sacramento City Unified School District board, Schenirer voted in favor of turning Sacramento High School into a charter school run by Johnson’s nonprofit St. HOPE.

“Endorsements are important for what they show, that there are leaders in the community who believe in me,” Schenirer said. “But at the end of the day, it’s about connecting with the people who live in this district.”

Current SCUSD Board Member Patrick Kennedy has also apparently thrown his hat into the ring for the District 5 race.

The facts are that Patrick Kennedy (who ran unopposed) has been a school board member for less than a year and the district is in a budget crisis that needs a focused, administrative entity willing to hunker down and address the staggering set of problems before it.

We have yet to see a cohesive, intelligent action come from our newly-elected board.

Now is decidedly not the time for any of our newly-elected board members to enter into a political campaign for higher office, much less a council seat race that promises to be an expensive, mud-slinging contest with the mayor’s power grab as the centerpiece.

Written by scusdobserver

July 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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

Roy Grimes unanimously elected board president

Ellyne Bell elected 1st Vice President
Patrick Kennedy elected 2nd Vice President
District news release
Current Board of Education Members
The December 11, 2008 Board meeting will be broadcast on Metro Cable Channel 14 on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Highlights

Outgoing members honored by a 3-5 pm staff party, a 5:30- 6:30 final ”no action” closed session, a 6:30 to 8:00 public goodbyes including the former superintendent and all 08/09 board members.

Swearing in:
Very nice ceremony with lots of family and local area involvement reflective of the new board’s closer approximation of Sacramento’s diversity.

Organizational meeting:
Roy Grimes, Ellyne Bell and Patrick Kennedy all unanimously elected without a contest for president and 1st/2nd VP respectively. Roy Grimes formed new committees and appointed chairs.

Public comment:
Parent expressed concerns about a lack of stability in a teaching position.

Community engagement:
The January and February dates and sites for the 10 meetings to discuss school facilities possible rental income and probable closures was presented. The outreach and comment collection procedures were also presented.

The First Interim Budget was presented with the staffs’ recommendation that the district state that it is in qualified financial status which means it cannot state that it will meet its financial responsibilities when projected two years out. Action on this will be on the 18th. The consequences of qualified status – mostly in terms of County oversight and Board responsibilities were shared.

The Revised Board approved budget was presented by the staff and unanimously accepted by the Board with a 70 million dollar increase in expenditures explained as categorical fund movement.

Consent Agenda:
Board approved reports on 09 Board meetings, Williams Act complaints, grants and personel transactions.

Written by scusdobserver

December 13, 2008 at 4:51 am

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