Upcoming February 14 SPUSD Board of Education Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder that on Tuesday, February 14 (yes, that's Valentine's Day!) at 6:30PM there will be a Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 
  • The Board will be voting on a resolution approving the form of a preliminary official statement in connection with the issuance of the District’s election of 2016 general obligation bonds Series A and approving various related actions
  • The Board will also be voting on a resolution approving a debt issuance and management policy in accordance with Senate Bill 1029
Resolution 2016-2017-20 In light of the rise across the country of xenophobia, racism and homophobia during and following the presidential election, I have been working on a resolution that will be presented to the board for a vote for us to show our commitment to all of our students, no matter what their race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or immigration status may be. The resolution, if passed, will re-affirm our district's commitment in providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment for all of our students. You can read the full text of proposed resolution here: http://southpasadena.agendaonline.net/public/Meeting/Attachments/DisplayAttachment.aspx?AttachmentID=533961&IsArchive=0

During the board meeting there will be presentations on the following:
  • South Pasadena High School Academic Decathlon Team - Janet Anderson, Principal 
  • Introduction of Bond Construction Coordinator - YANTZ 
  • South Pasadena High School Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Report - Janet Anderson, Principal 
  • Elementary Professional Development Update - GERVAIS 
  • Dual Immersion Update - GERVAIS 
  • Governor's January Budget Proposal - LUBS
Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 
  • We're very proud of the SPHS Academic Decathlon Team which won the LA County contest for the 3rd consecutive year! Next stop: Sacramento for the California Academic Decathlon, which will be at the end of March in the state capital. Click here for the full LA Times article.
  • Congratulations to SPHS senior, Jason Kang, who has been selected as a Posse Foundation Scholar. Nominated by his counselor Nan Ng, Kang will be attending Bucknell University next fall and will participate in foundation-sponsored workshops, meetings and peer collaboration groups from his senior year though college graduation. Each Posse Scholar receives a four-year, full-tuition, leadership, merit scholarship and is placed in a “posse”, or group of 10 students from the Los Angeles area, who are attending the same partner college or university. Chosen from thousands of local students, Kang exemplifies extraordinary academic and leadership potential.
  • Mandarin Immersion Underway at Marengo and Spanish ImmersionContinues into Second Year at Monterey Hills. At  the start of the 2016-2017 school year, students in several South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) classrooms began their public-school experiences with teachers instructing them in English and in a targeted language – either Spanish or Mandarin. This school year, Spanish is taught in one kindergarten and one first grade class at Monterey Hills Elementary School, and Mandarin instruction takes place within two kindergarten classes at Marengo Elementary School. Designed for children and parents who desire a proficiency in a language other than English, the classes seek to expand world language experiences for young learners. Click here to read more.

  • January 24, 2017 – Recently, Governor Jerry Brown released a new state budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The proposal allows for modest education increases to Proposition 98 (Prop 98) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). However, based on this 2017-2018 budget proposal, South Pasadena Unified will receive less money than previously planned by the Governor. “Much to our surprise, considering the passage of Proposition 55, low unemployment, and economic growth, Governor Brown abruptly decreased the revenue for California’s public education system and, subsequently, for South Pasadena Unified by an estimated $900,000 from the state’s adopted budget in June of 2016. The Governor’s budget revisions have created an unexpected financial challenge for the district going forward,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz. “In light of the state funding proposal, we need to start thinking less about establishing new programs and more about maintaining, operating and creating success within existing initiatives, and unfortunately, reducing or modifying programs and services to balance the budget,” said Yantz. Administrators, staff and the school board will work over the next few months to prepare a balanced budget for 2017-2018 that addresses the unexpected decline in state revenue.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


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

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