Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District: Schools to return to normal schedule on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, September 16, 2014
 
San Diego Unified schools to return to normal schedule on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 
DETAILS: 
 
Upon a review of the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for San Diego for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, the district will be returning all schools to a normal schedule. Our criteria for determining the move to minimum day was based on a combination of forecast temperatures of 95 or higher and a heat index of 103 or higher for those schools in the district which did not have 100% air conditioned classrooms. None of our schools are forecast to have the combination of 95+ temps/103+ heat index on Wednesday. While the weather conditions for schools in San Diego Unified permit the return to normal schedule tomorrow, the conditions are not applicable to districts south of us. The heat index does remain in the ‘dangerous’ zone for many of these schools. The NWS’ previous regional heat advisory has not been extended beyond 7 p.m. this evening.
 
The move to minimum day Monday and today affected approximately 2/3 of our schools. Since Monday, extensive work has been done to repair malfunctioning air conditioning, and to add portable air conditioning units to some schools initially believed to have 100% air-conditioned classrooms, when some bungalows had not been completed.
 
While the district is resuming normal schedules at all schools tomorrow, it is important to note than more than 100 schools have a previously-scheduled regular minimum day scheduled for Wednesday as part of their normal schedule. Given that local temperatures are still forecast to be very warm, schools will be expected to operate under our Hot Weather Plan guidelines.
 
CONTACT: Linda Zintz | Communications Director | San Diego Unified School District | (619) 847-6637 (Cell)
 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District: Schools to be operated on a minimum day on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, September 15, 2014

Minimum day planned for majority of San Diego Unified Schools due to extended heat wave

DETAILS:  San Diego Unified is implementing a second day of minimum day schedules at the majority of its schools (See list) on Tuesday, Sept. 16, due to the continued heat wave.  The National Weather Services has extended its heat advisory through 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16. (See the latest regional advisory here) Schools operating on regular day schedule (see list) are expected to continue to operate under our Hot Weather Plan guidelines.

Information about the minimum day is available at http://www.sandi.net/minimumdayThis information is also provided in Spanish at http://www.sandi.net/Page/68287.

Transportation schedules are being adjusted to accommodate the minimum day schedules. The PrimeTime program will remain in place. The district is also partnering with the YMCA to provide after-school options for affected schools. 

CONTACT: Ursula Kroemer | Chief Public Information Officer | San Diego Unified School District | (760) 705-6919  (Cell)

 

 

 

Linda Zintz

Communications Director

8lzintz@sandi.net

(619-725-5578 office

(619-847-6637 mobile

 

 

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District: Schools without 100% air-conditioned classrooms to be operated on a minimum day on Monday, September 15, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, September 13, 2014

Minimum day planned for San Diego Unified schools which do not have 100% of classrooms outfitted with air conditioning

DETAILS:  San Diego Unified is implementing minimum day schedules at schools without air conditioning in every classroom (See list) on Monday, Sept. 15, due to the continued heat wave in terms of temperatures, humidity and the heat index. The schools on a minimum day schedule are those which lack air conditioning in 100% of the classrooms. Schools with 100% A/C in the classrooms (see list) will have regular day schedule and are expected to operate under our Hot Weather Plan guidelines.

 

The decision to operate these schools on a minimum day is based on information and guidelines from the National Weather Service (NWS) indicating local temperatures of 95 and higher, with a heat index of 103 and higher – a combination termed by the NWS as “dangerous” health conditions (See the latest regional advisory here) and our strong commitment to the safety and well-being of our students. The National School District has notified families it will operate all ten of its schools on minimum days Monday and Tuesday.  The Coronado Unified School District announced it will also have a minimum day Monday.

 

The district will closely monitor forecasted conditions for Tuesday, using these same parameters, to see if a minimum day for these same schools on Tuesday – a decision that will be made by noon on Monday. Again, this is only schools without 100% classroom air conditioning.

Information about the minimum day is available at http://www.sandi.net/minimumdayThis information is also provided in Spanish at http://www.sandi.net/Page/68287.

Transportation schedules are being adjusted to accommodate the minimum day schedules. The PrimeTime program will remain in place.  The district is also partnering with the YMCA to provide after-school options for affected schools.  Additional information will be provided as those details are finalized.

CONTACT: Linda Zintz | Communications Director | San Diego Unified School District | (619) 847-6637 (Cell)

 

 

Linda Zintz

Communications Director

8lzintz@sandi.net

(619-725-5578 office

(619-847-6637 mobile

 

 

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Trustee Barnett Armored Vehicle a Misguided Priority

NEWS RELEASE SENT ON BEHALF OF SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD TRUSTEE SCOTT BARNETT, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Trustee Barnett: Armored Vehicle a "misguided priority." Calls on District to Lease out Armored vehicle to fund replacement of Ten Old SD Unified Police Cars

San Diego -- SD Unified School Board Trustee Scott Barnett has called for turning the "misguided" acquisition of a military armored vehicle into an opportunity to fund desperately needed police car replacements.

"The acquisition of an armored vehicle by our school police is a misguided priority," said Trustee Scott Barnett.  "We have hundreds of worn out vehicles and 10 very old police cruisers protecting kids every day. These police cars each have over 130,000 miles on them. Replacing these vital assets should be our number one priority," said Barnett, who was standing in front of one (of Ten) old SD Unified police cars.

According the SD Unified a new fully equipped police cruiser costs approximately $40,000.

Calls on District to Lease out vehicle to fund replacement of 10 Old SD Unified Police Cars

"This armored vehicle is valued at over $700,000. I am proposing we lease it to a local police agency, at say $50,000 or $60,000  a year for 10 years, and use those funds to finance new SD Unified police cars," said Barnett. 
 
Barnett noted that after the "Ferguson controversy" it will likely be "much more difficult for local police agencies to obtain these vehicles, so we may actually have a hot commodity," said Barnett.

Barnett indicated that mutual aide agreements with other local law endorsement agencies would  ensure that the armored vehicle is "...still be available to us in an emergency."

He noted that the agreement for acceptance of the for the armored vehicle prohibits "sale" but not lease.

"Two years ago this December, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the SD school Board supported my request that we do a comprehensive school site security and staffing plan.  This plan will be coming forward at an upcoming school board meeting.  The acquisition of this armored vehicle clearly was not part of any comprehensive plan. The school board was not even aware of it," said Barnett.  "The school board should make this decision, not the school police chief," Barnett added. 

Barnett said he will ask the school board to look at his plan to fund police vehicles when it reviews the comprehensive site and security plan. 

"Is there any possibility a vehicle like this could be needed for a school emergency? asked Barnett.  "Yes, which is why we should work with other local law enforcement agencies to acquire assets which can meet ongoing needs of regional police departments, and the possible extreme need of our school district.  That is what mutual aide agreements are all about," said Barnett, who added,  "in my view the school district should not own military armored vehicles. This is not what we are about. But now that we own one, let's use it to get what we need today," said Barnett.

"I have always been a strong advocate for SD school police,"  said Barnett. "I supported the acquisition of a trained police dog, the availability of semi-automatic rifles (AR15) for officers if faced with a situation of overwhelming fire power. I urged my board colleagues year after year to exempt SD Unified Police from staffing cuts," said Barnett.  "But we should focus on acquiring what we need today to meet the needs of our students and employees."

Background:
SD Unified has approximately 525 vehicles in its "yellow bus fleet" and 350 in its "white fleet" which includes maintenance, delivery, police, and other vehicles. Many have high mileage and are in need of replacement.  For over 3 1/2 years, and as recently as last Spring's budget hearings,  Trustee Barnett has called for a vehicle depreciation plan to fund vehicle replacement.  Not replacing worn out vehicles forces the district to spend millions of dollars on vehicle maintenance which could otherwise be used to fund school site needs. To date no vehicle replacement plan has been presented to the school board.

Attachments
MRAP staff memo and application

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Trustee Barnett to Discuss SD Unified's Armored Car

MEDIA ADVISORY SENT ON BEHALF OF SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD TRUSTEE SCOTT BARNETT,
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

 

Trustee Scott Barnett: Acquisition of Armored Vehicle is a "misguided priority" Will Present Alternative to Fund Replacement of 10 Old School Police Vehicles

 

What: Press Conference

Trustee Scott Barnett Will State his Opposition to Acquisition of Armored Vehicle; Will Present Alternative to Fund Replacement of 10 Old School Police Vehicles (One of SD Unified's older police cars will be available for pictures.)

 

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:30 AM

 

Where: Eugene Brucker Education Center, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 4100 Normal St., San Diego, CA 92103

 

Who: Trustee Scott Barnett (Trustee Barnett will NOT be available prior to 10:30 a.m. for interviews)

 

Background:

Currently SD Unified has approximately 10 police cars in need of replacement. These vehicles are used every day by SD Unified police officers to protect students, staff, and property. The average life of a police vehicle (based on rotation schedules of SDPD, SD Sheriff, etc) is approximately 120,000 miles. SD Unified vehicles targeted for replacement all have over 130,000 miles. A new SD Unified car (completely outfitted) is approximately $40,000.


SD Unified has approximately 1000 vehicles in its total fleet, including approximately 600 school buses and approximately 400 in its "white fleet" which includes maintenance, delivery, and other vehicles. Many have high mileage and are in need of replacement. For over 3 1/2 years, and as recently as last spring's budget hearings, Trustee Barnett has called for a vehicle depreciation plan to fund vehicle replacement. Not replacing worn out vehicles forces the district to spend millions of dollars on vehicle maintenance which could other wise be used to fund school sites. To date no plan has been presented to the school board.


Since his election Trustee Scott Barnett has been an outspoken advocate for fiscal responsibility, consistently opposing deficit spending. Mr. Barnett has been a consistent advocate for SD Unified Police staffing and equipment. He supported the acquisition of a trained police dog, the availability of semi-automatic weapons for officers, and urged his board colleagues to "exempt SD Unified Police from staffing cuts." He was elected in 2010. He is not seeking reelection. His term ends December 8, 2014.

 

Contact: Scott Barnett

619-857-1857

Monday, September 8, 2014

Post Notice of Meetings : Audit and Finance Committee

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Notice and Call of Meetings: Audit and Finance Committee
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/65823.

Please forward to staff and as appropriate, print notice(s) and/or agenda(s) and post in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela

 

Post Revised Notice of 2014 Meetings: ICOC Construction SubCmte

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Revised Notice of Meetings: ICOC Construction Subcommittee
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3228

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post notice(s) in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela