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2/24/17

Governor’s Budget Proposal Indicates $900,000 Less for South Pasadena Unified in 2017-2018

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (February 21, 2017) – During the February 14, 2017 Board of Education meeting, South Pasadena Unified School District administrators shared a budget reality check based on Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The Governor’s recent proposal indicates that SPUSD will be strapped with an additional $900,000 budget reduction. This amount is on top of the prior $400,000 budget reduction previously anticipated for the upcoming fiscal year. While plans to manage the reduction are in place, adjusting to so much less funding will be a key endeavor in the coming months.

     “The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) places SPUSD in the bottom 10% of funding statewide. Since SPUSD has lower percentages of foster youth, low income families and English learners, we receive less funding through the State’s LCFF plan,” said Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Dave Lubs. “We also expect to be responsible for a considerable increase in expenditures related to CalPERS and CalSTRS contributions, among other items. In order to fill the gaps, we need to very thoughtfully and carefully plan the District’s future actions.”

     Over the coming months, a key area of focus for the Board of Education will be financial strength and sustainability. Local funding sources such as the parcel tax, PTAs, Booster Clubs, and the South Pasadena Educational Foundation remain critical to supporting the District’s mission.  In addition, Measure SP, which was overwhelmingly passed in November 2016, will provide some relief to the operating budget by supporting facility projects such as replacing outdated roofs and HVAC systems. New systems will help reduce energy consumption, which leads to lower utility costs that will free-up dollars to support student programs.

     “Creative problem solving and finding budget efficiencies will be at the forefront of all planning,” said Lubs. “Considerable attention needs to be placed on making our dollars stretch for the District to remain solvent in the future.”

     The Governor has reduced anticipated revenue to districts like South Pasadena for the next several years. By June 2017, administrators, staff and the school board will hammer out a balanced budget for 2017-2018 that addresses this decline. To advocate for districts in similar situations, the South Pasadena Board of Education will be gathering “like-funded” districts together to establish a stronger collective common voice at the State level.

     Mr. Lubs’ budget presentation, shared during the board meeting on February 14, may be accessed through the SPUSD website under Business Services or through this link http://spusd.net/budgetupdate.

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

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For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, scarroll@spusd.net

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2/16/17

Several Opportunities to Share Viewpoints Will Be Offered

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (February 16, 2017) – On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) School Board will conduct a public hearing during the board meeting to receive comments 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 programs.

     “The Board wants to hear the community’s thoughts about whether to replace or reconfigure this building.  As we come to a decision, multiple factors will be taken into account including architectural and engineering considerations, cost, and community input.  We will consider all factors as we determine a construction plan for this important instructional space,” said Elisabeth Eilers, SPUSD School Board president.

     The structure, originally built as a gymnasium for students on the SPMS campus, has been partially retired for the past several years. Currently, only a portion of the building is being used due to outdated systems and access issues requiring costly updates and improvements. Expected to serve all SPMS students, the future structure may be used for community events as well. 

     Once the School Board determines direction, planning is expected to last approximately 14 months.  Construction could begin as early as fall 2018, with completion expected approximately one year later.

     In addition to attending the public hearing at the SPUSD office, community members also may express opinions about this project electronically, through a link on the SPUSD website at www.spusd.net under Information & Announcements or by mailing correspondence to SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz, 1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, California 91030. All feedback should be shared by Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m. to ensure that it will be considered by the Board.

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

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For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, scarroll@spusd.net

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2/15/17

 

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (February 15, 2017) – The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) Board of Education approved a resolution on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, which underscores the District’s commitment to fostering a safe and healthy environment for all students.  Illustrating the importance of unwavering values regarding the humanity and dignity of every person, the resolution seeks to clearly state the District’s commitment to maintaining an environment of acceptance, support and kindness for all.

     “South Pasadena Unified recognizes the diversity and worth of all students and is committed to providing equal educational opportunities without discrimination,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz.

     With this resolution, SPUSD joins many school districts and the National Parent Teachers Association in clearly stating its inclusive values. Further, the resolution declares that schools are safe learning environments that welcome parent participation and that SPUSD will protect all rights afforded to students under federal and state law and regulations. Such laws and SPUSD policies and procedures state the following:

  • District personnel shall treat all students equitably in the receipt of all school services;
  • District personnel shall not inquire about a student’s immigration status, including that of family members;
  • Any request by Federal immigration officials for information or to access a school site shall be immediately forwarded to the Superintendent for review and a decision on whether to allow access to the site and provision of information ensuring the District compliance with Plyler v. Doe (1982) and other applicable laws; and
  • In its continued commitment to the protection of student privacy, SPUSD shall ensure that no unnecessary data is being collected with respect to students’ immigration status.

     The Board of Education discussed and voted to approve the resolution during the recent board meeting.  See attached file for complete resolution.

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

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For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, scarroll@spusd.net

 

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Today: 3/1/17

Key Dates for the 2016-2017 School Year

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First Day of School - Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Break - November 21-25, 2016

Winter Break - Thursday, December 22, 2016 to Friday, January 6, 2017

Spring Break - April 3-7, 2017

Last Day of School - Friday, June 9, 2017