December 13 Board Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder that on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30PM there will be a Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 

Upcoming December 16 (Friday) deadline: As you know South Pasadena residents voted by almost 75% to approve Measure SP. Now a Citizens' Oversight Committee will be established. If you are interested in being on the committee, here is the application: 

Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 

  • December 7, 2016. SPHS Math Club Wins First Place at Bay Math League Competition:


Congratulations to the SPHS Math Club for winning first place in the Bay Math League team competition on December 7, 2016 at Arcadia High School. The Bay Math League is a local competition between 12 high schools in the surrounding area, including San Marino, Arcadia, Palos Verdes, and North Hollywood. Thirty-five SPHS students competed in both team and individual competitions. Go Tigers! 

  • SPHS Academic Decathlon Off to a Strong Start


2016-2017 SPHS Academic Decathlon team led by teacher Oliver Valcorza prepares for competition. (Photo courtesy of South Pasadena High School). The SPHS Academic Decathlon team is off to a strong start after round one of the Los Angeles County regional competition on November 12, 2016 at Monrovia High School. Posting their highest scores ever and breaking last year’s record, the SPHS team brought home 102 out of 140 awards given at the tournament. After this outstanding performance, the team is positioned in a three-way tie for third place in the nation. Go Tigers! 

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Vote YES on Measure SP

Join me in voting YES on Measure SP!


I had an opportunity recently to do some phonebanking and called South Pas neighbors to encourage them to vote YES on Measure SP. Can you volunteer for 1 hour? Here are some volunteer opportunity dates:


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Have you seen the 2nd Yes On SP video? It's awesome!


Our South Pasadena kids make the best case for why we need to vote YES on Measure SP:

Kudos to Julian Petrillo, Dean Serwin, Sheila Rossi and everyone who made this wonderful Public Service Announcement!


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▶ Learn more about Measure SP ▶ How to get involved...

Last Sunday I attended the Yes on SP campaign kickoff which had great community turnout! (photos below). It was a very informative meeting, and I think that the video created by members of the Yes On SP Campaign Committee really provides a very concise explanation. Check it out here on the new website: 


Bond Measure SP will: 

  • Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, faulty electrical and air conditioning systems
  • Upgrade facilities to support student achievement in math, science, technology and in visual and performing arts
  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school buildings, and retrofit older school buildings so they are earthquake safe
  • Replace aging science labs, classrooms and learning technology
  • Replace aging portable classrooms that are expensive to maintain with permanent classrooms
  • Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities and community members of all ages

Looking for more details? The Yes On SP campaign folks put together an impressive Frequently Asked Questions and answers page on the new website: 

So, you're wondering, how can I get more involved? Well here's three things that you can do right now:

  1. Want to volunteer? Sign up: 
  2. Ready to pledge your vote? 
  3. Can you make a donation?

You can also like and share the links on social media. Click here for the Facebook page

(above) well attended August 21 Yes On SP campaign kickoff in the South Pasadena Library Community Room, led by co-chairs Yuki Cutcheon and Jean Zenas


Picture (above) with Sheila Tully who is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Yes On SP campaign

I hope you'll join me in voting YES on the Bond Measure to upgrade and repair schools and prepare our students for the 21st century.

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August 9 Board Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder that on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30PM there will be a Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 

The first day of the 2016-2017 school year is Thursday, August 18, 2016. 
Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 

  • South Pasadena Unified School District School Board Approves $98 Million Facilities Bond Measure for November Election 

    SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (July 12, 2016) – The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) School Board approved adding a $98 million facilities bond measure to the November 2016 ballot.  If voters approve this measure, the funds will be used for upgrades and repairs to education facilities as well as new construction....A comprehensive facilities assessment recently completed by SPUSD revealed the need for health and safety improvements to buildings, repairs to heating and cooling systems, and replacement of aging roofs. The assessment explored opportunities to replace portable classrooms with permanent buildings, create new instructional spaces for visual and performing arts education, and modernize and preserve historical theaters and auditoriums.  CLICK HERE to read more.  
  • Board Members Approve Resolution Opposing SR-710 Freeway Tunnel

    (July 2016) – The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) approved a resolution opposing all the SR-710 Freeway Tunnel Alternatives, requesting the SR-710 North DEIR/S address the adverse health impacts and risks to students, staff and parents who are in close proximity to the potential route.  SPUSD school board members also presented a similar resolution to the Five-Star Education Coalition – encouraging its members to vote to oppose all 710 Freeway Tunnel Alternatives.  All parties are asking state officials, Caltrans, Metro and others to work to implement the strategies outlined in the Beyond the 710 Initiative. CLICK HERE to read more.

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May 10 Board Meeting

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April 12 Board Meeting

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This Tuesday, March 8 is the next Regular Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30PM there will be a Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street.

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Parking Study Released - Draft EIR Comment Period Extended - More Updates

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!  
Here are a few updates about the proposed Mission Place Project (MPP):

  • This week the proposed MPP's parking study was released. You can read the document here:
  • The deadline for written comments in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been extended to March 4, 2016. Here is the link where you can submit a written comment:  Written comments can also be sent directly to: David Lubs, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, South Pasadena Unified School District. E-mail: Mailing Address: South Pasadena Unified School District, 1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030.
  • A meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the board room at the South Pasadena Unified School District offices at 1020 El Centro Street. The proposed project developer, Legacy Partners, will make a brief presentation to the attendees followed by a question, answer, and comment period.

The next regularly scheduled SPUSD School Board Meeting is this Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 pm in the board room at the South Pasadena Unified School District offices at 1020 El Centro Street. Here is the link to the agenda:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


Dr. Suzie Abajian
Board Member, South Pasadena Unified School District

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