Upcoming March 14 SPUSD Board of Education Meeting

This is a courtesy reminder of the upcoming Tuesday, March 14 (6:30PM) Regular Board Meeting in the SPUSD Board Room at 1020 El Centro Street. 

ON THE AGENDA: 

PUBLIC HEARING- SOUTH PASADENA MIDDLE SCHOOL "OLD" GYMNASIUM PROJECT 

This is the public's opportunity for comment about construction related to the South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) old gymnasium building. Specifically, the Board wants to hear the community's perspective on repurposing the existing space versus replacing the structure. The future building will be a vibrant addition to the campus and will house a black box theater, instructional space for art classes, and a lab for robotics and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs.

Following the public hearing there will be a presentation on the overview of construction options for the South Pasadena Middle School "Old" Gymnasium by Bob Simons, SVA Architects.


Below, you can read some recent SPUSD NEWS: 

  • Last month the SPUSD School Board unanimously voted to approve a resolution affirming South Pasadena Unified's commitment to a safe, inclusive, and non discriminatory school environment. Click here to see Student Board Member Anthony Chen read the resolution.

 

  • In January 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.

Sincerely,
Suzie


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