Friday, August 31, 2012

Post Meeting Agendas, September 4, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice and Call of Special Closed Session—Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

·         Special Closed Session Agenda— Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 3:00 p.m., Room 2249
Open & Closed Session Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

·         Regular Meeting Agenda— Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
BoardDocs Agenda Link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=8U3SUQ7468D8

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Board of Education

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San Diego, CA 92103-2682

Office: (619) 725-5550

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MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District

MEDIA CALENDAR -- Upcoming Events in the San Diego Unified School District

Your coverage is invited of any of the following upcoming events on the
campuses of the San Diego Unified School District. For more items, check
out the calendar on the front of the district website at www.sandi.net.

Please note that if items are listed as "not open to the public," that
means accredited members of the media are invited, but the general public
is not. These are generally items during the school day.

* Indicates new items added since last week.

For a calendar of noticed public meetings, go to
www.sandi.net/meetingcalendar . Those meetings might not be included in
this listing.


SEPTEMBER

* 1 -- Countdown to Kickoff, 10 a.m., Point Loma High School, 2335
Chatsworth Blvd. (92106). Help dedicate the new athletic room and football
field, plus enjoy lots of activities at the school and help support the
Pointer Association, the school's foundation. Sponsored by the Pointer
Association. Contacts: Dinisa DaRosa-Valadao, 619-518-5614 or email at
Dinisa@cox.net. Open to the public. Admission: $10.

* 1 -- Pt. Loma High Football Stadium Dedication, 2 p.m., Point Loma High
School, 2335 Chatsworth Blvd. (92106). Point Loma High School is inviting
students, parents, staff and community members to celebrate the completion
of its new synthetic turf football field and new weight room as it kicks
off the 2012 football season. Media contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter
619-546-3378. Open to the public.

* 4 -- First Day of School in the San Diego Unified School District. Supt.
Bill Kowba will be at Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd. (92124), from 6-7;
7:30-8:10 a.m., Kimbrough Elementary School, 321 Hoitt St. (92102); 8:35 -
9:15 a.m. Marston Middle School, 3799 Clairemont Dr. (92117). Supt. Kowba
will be joined by Dr. John Lee Evans and will be welcoming students,
parents, teachers and staff back to school for the 2012-13 school year.
Media contact: Linda Zintz, Communications Director, 619-847-6637. Not
open to the public.

* 7 -- Landscapes Rediscovered: Depression-Era San Diego Paintings,
5:30-7:30 p.m. San Diego History Center, Balboa Park. First exhibition of
Depression-era paintings from acclaimed San Diego Artists including
Charles Reiffel and Maurice Braun. Stunning works of familiar San Diego
landmarks unseen by the public for decades. Reservations Requested.
Contact: San Diego
History Center at (619) 232-6203 ext. 111 or email at
rsvp@sandiegohistory.org. Open to the public.

* 10 -- Madison Community of Schools Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Madison High
School, Room 101, 4833 Doliva Dr. (92117). Clusters are a pre-Kindergarten
through grade 12 community of schools with established feeder patterns.
Within these communities of schools, there are specific needs and
interests that are both common and unique to the cluster. Clusters include
staff, parents, students and community members. Parents, students,
community members and staff are all invited.
Contact: Richard Nash, Principal, Madison High School, (858) 496-8410.
Open to the public.

* 10 -- Gage Elementary Grandparents Appreciation Gathering, 7:45-8:15
a.m. Gage Elementary School, 6811 Bisby Lake (92119). All grandparents are
invited this PTA-sponsored event which will be held near the flagpole in
Gage's front courtyard. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Kathy
Burns, Principal, (619) 463-0202. Open to Gage grandparents only.

* 21 -- Birney Elementary International Day of Peace Celebration, 9:30-10
a.m., Birney Elementary School, 4345 Campus Ave. (92103). Students at the
International Baccalaureate school will gather the create a giant peace
symbol on their playground to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
Contact: Amanda Hammond-Williams, Principal, (619) 497-3500. Not open to
the public.


* 29 -- Parent Advocacy Training and Youth Workshop, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Cherokee Point Elementary School, 3735 38th St. (92105). Two workshops are
being offered at this time. Parent Advocacy is an interactive workshops
for families to be the best advocate for their child, discussing the
important issues affecting their child's education, and what families can
do about it. The youth seminar covers topics such as student rights at
school. Contact: Marco Beltran, (619) 293-4431. Open to the public.

October


* 6 -- EdUCate!'s Fourth Annual Oktoberfest, 2-6 p.m. Standley Park and
Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive (92122). EdUCate! is the community
support group for University City schools. Its fourth annual Oktoberfest
hopes to raise $15,000 to benefit the five public schools in University
City. Activities include a rock climbing wall, jousting, penguin flicker,
giant
Jenga and more!Contact: www.uc-educate.org. Open to the public.

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MEDIA ADVISORY -- Start the 2012-13 School Year at Serra High School

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 31, 2012

START THE 2012-13 SCHOOL YEAR AT SERRA HIGH SCHOOL

DETAILS: Kick off the school year right with all kinds of activitiesÅ 
students, parents, teachers and staff, plus the principal, superintendent
and president of the Board of Education.

WHAT/WHEN: Morning news availability at Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd.
(92124), Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012

ACCESS TIME: Live trucks will be able to park at the football field
starting at 4:30 a.m. Enter from the north access road to the campus (the
driveway north of the traffic-signal entrance to the school on Santo
Road.) Map and directions:
http://www.sandi.net/cms/lib/CA01001235/Centricity/Domain/200/Senior%20High
/serra.html


Campus map: http://serra.sandi.net/maps/fullcampusmap.html

Using the north driveway, continue straight west to the stadium.

ACTIVITIES (times are approximate)

-- 5-6 a.m. Principal Mike Jimenez, parents and students from the school's
PTSA and foundation

-- 5:30-6 a.m., JROTC drill

-- 6-7:15 a.m., Board of Education President Dr. John Lee Evans,
Superintendent Bill Kowba

-- 6:30-8 a.m. Varsity football team with coach Brian Basteyns

-- 8-8:30 a.m. Conquistador Marching Band

CONTACT: Jack Brandais | Communications Department | San Diego Unified
School District | (619) 725-5570 (Desk) | (619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Media advisory--Point Loma High School Kicks Off 2012 Football Season by Dedicating New Turf Field and Weight Room

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Aug. 30, 2012
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter 619-546-3378

Point Loma High School Kicks Off 2012 Football Season by Dedicating New Turf Field and Weight Room

WHAT:  Point Loma High School is inviting students, parents, staff and community members to celebrate the completion of its new synthetic turf football field and new weight room as it kicks off the 2012 football season.

WHEN:  Saturday, Sept. 1; at 2 p.m. (see other times associated with visuals)

WHERE: Point Loma High School football stadium, 2335 Chatsworth Boulevard (92106) The stadium is located on the north end of the campus. Media parking will be available on site. Enter the ramp off Chatsworth Boulevard (see enclosed map). Park on the tennis courts (see map).

VISUALS: Presentation of colors by Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, ribbon-cutting ceremony, football toss to open the 2012 season, tours of new weight room (before and after the ceremony), and varsity football game (starts at 3 p.m.)

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Barbara Samilson, principal; Scott Barnett, Board of Education vice president; Jason Peugh, Point Loma HS ASB president; Kevin Falconer, city councilman; Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of Facilities Planning and Construction/Prop. S. Parents, staff and other students will also be available for interviews. (Interviews available in English and Spanish)

BACKGROUND: On November 4, 2008, nearly 69 percent of the voters in San Diego passed the $2.1 billion general obligation bond measure, Proposition S, so that San Diego Unified School District could repair, renovate and revitalize district schools. By law, bond funds cannot pay for teachers' or administrators' salaries.

New Weight Room
This project involved constructing a new 3,190-square-foot weight room and exercise facility at Point Loma High. The facility is located adjacent to the track and football field on land previously occupied by district portables that were demolished in 2008. The building is fully compliant with the American's with Disabilities Act, and all physical education classes and athletes at Point Loma High will use the new facility that features state-of-the-art equipment. The design and construction partners for this facility were gkkworks Architectural Services and M.A. Stevens Construction.

The $675,070 construction project was funded by Prop. S, while the new weight room's exercise equipment was funded by a $90,000 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Lowe's Toolbox for EducationT Champions Grant. Started by race car driver and San Diego native, Jimmie Johnson, the foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States

Field Replacement  
This $1,434,196 project involves the replacement of the existing 11-year-old, 107,000-square-foot synthetic turf football field at Point Loma High. The new field includes new synthetic turf, game markings, and a new drainage and cleaning system. All physical education classes and athletes at Point Loma HS will be able to use the renovated field as well. The design/construction partner on this Prop. S project was Byrom-Davey Construction.

Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Supervisor | Communications Office | San Diego Unified School District
Offices: (619) 725-5579 or (858) 637-3607 | Mobile: (619) 546-3378 | E-mail: creed-porter@sandi.net

MEDIA ADVISORY San Diego Unified School District California Standards Test Results

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 30, 2012

 

BOARD PRESIDENT, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT PRESENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS OF STATE TESTING

 

WHAT: Dr. John Lee Evans, Board of Education President, and Dr. Nellie Meyer, Deputy Superintendent for Academics, will discuss Friday's release of California Standards Test scores.

 

WHEN: 12 p.m. Noon, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012

 

WHERE: Auditorium, Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal St. (92103)

 

DETAILS: Dr. John Lee Evans, Board of Education President, and Dr. Nellie Meyer, Deputy Superintendent for Academics, will discuss Monday's release of the California Standards Test results by the state Department of Education. The tests document student skills in four subject areas, English language arts, mathematics, science and history/social sciences. Results are district-wide and by school.  They will overview the academic gains made by the district in 2012 and historical gains since 2008.

Full results will be available at www.cde.ca.gov.

 

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Jack Brandais | Communications Department | San Diego Unified School District | (619) 725-5570 (Desk) | (619) 607-0477 (Cell)

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NEWS RELEASE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Processing Location Set by SD Unified

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, August 29, 2012

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) PROCESSING LOCATION SET BY SD UNIFIED
Parent Center in Old Town will Handle Requests for School Documentation Needed for Deferred Immigration Program

SAN DIEGO -- To help smooth the hundreds of requests it is receiving for documentation of school attendance, the district has designated its Ballard Parent Center in Old Town as the location for requests under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. 

The center will only serve current and former students of the San Diego Unified School District and is located at 2375 Congress St. in Old Town. There is onsite parking available and it is served by the San Diego Trolley and MTS buses.

At the center, former students can apply to receive the documentation needed to apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department for the program.

This service will not be available from the San Diego Unified School District until the office opens Tuesday, Sept. 4. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The process will no longer be conducted at the district headquarters. Some schools may accomodate requests for a fee.

According to the department, residents without documentation "who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization."

One of the guidelines is showing proof of school attendance. San Diego Unified staff will make every effort to provide former students with the documentation that may help them achieve this status with Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Applicants must bring an original birth certificate and photo identification and complete an application for the information. If the application is being made for another person, all the identification material must be presented, along with a letter from the individual authorizing the release of information.

Applicants should also know what years and the schools that they attended in the San Diego Unified School District. A list of those schools is online at http://www.sandi.net/schools .

There is no charge for processing and district staff will make every effort to provide the information the same day. For more information on the Ballard Center process, call (619) 209-4533.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has set up a website with information at http://www.uscis.gov/

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NEWS RELEASE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Processing Location Set by SD Unified

Parent Center in Old Town will Handle Requests for School Documentation Needed for Deferred Immigration Program


SAN DIEGO -- To help smooth the hundreds of requests it is receiving for documentation of school attendance, the district has designated its Ballard Parent Center in Old Town as the location for requests under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. 

The center will only serve current and former students of the San Diego Unified School District and is located at 2375 Congress St. in Old Town. There is onsite parking available and it is served by the San Diego Trolley and MTS buses.

At the center, former students can apply to receive the documentation needed to apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department for the program.

This service will not be available from the San Diego Unified School District until the office opens Tuesday, Sept. 4. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The process will not be conducted at schools or other district locations.

According to the department, residents without documentation "who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization."

One of the guidelines is showing proof of school attendance. San Diego Unified staff will make every effort to provide former students with the documentation that may help them achieve this status with Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Applicants must bring an original birth certificate and photo identification and complete an application for the information. If the application is being made for another person, all the identification material must be presented, along with a letter from the individual authorizing the release of information.

Applicants should also know what years and the schools that they attended in the San Diego Unified School District. A list of those schools is online at http://www.sandi.net/schools .

There is no charge for processing and district staff will make every effort to provide the information the same day. For more information on the Ballard Center process, call (619) 209-4533.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has set up a website with information at http://www.uscis.gov/

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NEWS RELEASE -- SD Unified Starts School Year as Statewide Leaders in Developing Healthier School Meals

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, August 28, 2012

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED STARTS SCHOOL YEAR AS STATEWIDE LEADERS IN DEVELOPING HEALTHIER SCHOOL MEALS

SAN DIEGO -- California schools will be implementing new healthier school meal standards this school year, and will be looking to creative ways to serve students fresh and tasty food.

One approach has come from the San Diego Unified School District. After debuting the food-court inspired SanDi Coast Café at middle and high schools in 2009, California's second-largest district has altered recipes and will be ensuring that students take the correct amounts of fruit, vegetables, grains and other staples required by the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Similar changes will greet elementary students at their Kids' Choice Café.

"The new guidelines are an opportunity to expand our existing menu of healthy offerings," said Gary Petill, San Diego Unified's Food Services Director. "Our team is focused on making sure we provide the best quality lunches, breakfasts and snacks for all of our students."

New options for the 2012-13 school year include Asian chicken salad and Asian tofu salad; vegetarian pizza with jalapenos, corn, olives and green peppers; vegetarian chili in a bread bowl; and corn and black bean salads. The popular Chicken Diego Wrap, a grilled chicken and vegetable wrap, is back on the menu.

Although San Diego Unified's menu has been lauded for its variety and healthy choices, the district's goal is to not only ensure its students are served today, but that they grow up making healthy choices. San Diego Unified serves more than 25 million meals a year.

"Today's high school seniors have had salad bars in their cafeteria since they were in second grade," he said. "We now have a whole generation of students who embrace healthy food and know how to make good choices."

The effort at high schools also includes more service locations to shorten lines and food court-style kiosks with different entrees at each station to reduce the "institutional" look to school food.

The district's food services continued its evolution in 2010 when the Farm to School program debuted. Part of a County of San Diego $16 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Farm to School brings locally grown fruits and vegetables to students, along with farm tours and other activities that help kids learn where their lunch came from.

The challenge that districts face has brought The California Endowment to San Diego Unified, highlighting a school lunch program that has taken up the challenge of fighting childhood obesity.

"San Diego Unified has long been a leader in providing innovative and nutritious meal options to students," said Judy Larsen, Program Manager for The California Endowment. "At The California Endowment, we applaud their role as pioneers in ensuring that health happens in schools."

It's a challenge that all districts in the nation are facing, thanks to the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was signed into law in December, 2010. The new guidelines, which were developed by nutrition experts at the Institute of Medicine, must be followed by all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The new standards include:

-- Increased produce options, ensuring that students are receive both fruits and vegetables every day of the week.
-- A ban on unhealthy trans fats.
-- Portion size guidelines and calorie limits based on the age of children served.
-- Increased emphasis on whole grain products.
-- Limits on the types of milk served, with an emphasis on low-fat (1%) and non-fat varieties.
-- Reductions in sodium levels to be phased in over several years.

According to a recent study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, 38 percent of children in California are obese or overweight. Studies show that childhood obesity increases risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other serious chronic diseases. With California schools serving 810 million meals a year, and many students receiving roughly 40 percent of their daily nutrition from school meals, the new school meal guidelines have the potential to play a significant role in improving the health of California's kids.

In addition to lifelong health benefits, studies show that there is a strong link between good nutrition and academic performance.

"There's a good reason teachers advise students to eat a healthy breakfast before a big test. It gives kids energy and helps them focus," said Larsen. "If all kids ate healthy meals every day, it would make a real difference in classrooms across California."

The California Endowment knows that health happens in schools, and as part of the statewide "Health Happens in Schools" campaign, is raising awareness about the new meal standards and highlighting creative implementation in districts across the state. As part of the campaign, the Endowment is running radio and online advertisements in San Diego and other select markets throughout California promoting the new meal standards.

The advertisements also encourage parents to learn if their children qualify for free and reduced price school meals. Families with incomes up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level may qualify (approximately $42,000 for a family of four). An estimated 233,000 San Diego County students qualify for free or reduced price lunches, but many are not participating in the program. Increasing participation is a critical goal because school meal programs provide food to lower-income students who face food insecurity or lack access to adequate nutrition. San Diego Unified School District's enrollment application is available online at: https://www.applyforlunch.com/Application. Parents can also contact their child's school to see if they qualify.

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MEDIA ADVISORY FROM TRUSTEE JACKSON

MEDIA ADVISORY from San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Trustee Jackson, August 28, 2012.

 

 

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 Notice of Time Change to Special Meeting Notice, September 4, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Time Change to Special Closed Session—Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

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

Thanks.

 

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

 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Media Advisory for School Lunch Event

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, August 24, 2012

NEW SCHOOL MENU GETS TASTE TEST FROM STUDENTS

WHAT: Student body presidents from around the San Diego Unified School
District will taste test new items on the cafeteria menu for 2012-13.

WHEN/WHERE: Noon, Tuesday, Aug. 28, Pacific Beach Middle School, 4676
Ingraham St. (92109).

DETAILS: The award-winning San Diego Unified School District cafeteria
menu is being revised due to new federal guidelines for school lunches.
The elected student leaders from San Diego Unified high schools will be
there to sample the new menu, which complies with the federal Healthy
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The food court at Pacific Beach Middle School will be representative of
the service areas at high schools around the district. Although San Diego
Unified's school lunch menu has been known for its healthy alternatives
for several years (salad bars have been in elementary schools for a
decade), the new federal regulations mean recipes have been adjusted and
portions have changed for many menu items.

Officials from the California Endowment and local health advocates will be
on hand to join the students for lunch. The California Endowment is
supporting San Diego Unified's efforts in Food Services and the new
federal guidelines. It has chosen to highlight this program as an example
of how one district has given students healthy choices in the cafeteria.

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:

-- Student leaders from throughout San Diego
-- Bill Kowba, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District
-- Dr. John Lee Evans, President, Board of Education, San Diego Unified
School District
-- Judi Larsen, Program Manager, The California Endowment
-- Dr. Christine Wood MD, Pediatrician, Co-Chair, San Diego County
Childhood Obesity Initiative
-- Gary Petill, Food Services Director, San Diego Unified School District

PHOTOS/VISUALS: Students and guests will be sampling the menu with most of
the choices and portions available as they will be at schools starting
Sept. 4. We're hoping the adult guests will join the students at lunch
tables; the media is welcome to interview them at that time. Kiosks are
bright and colorful, featuring different themes. Yes, we still serve
hamburgers and a barbecue will be on hand.

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CONTACT: Jack Brandais | Communications Department | San Diego Unified
School District | (619) 725-5570 (Desk) | (619) 607-0477 (Cell)





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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Post Special Meeting Notice, September 4, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice and Call of Special Closed Session—Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

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

Thanks.

 

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 2012-13 Board Advisory Committee Meeting Schedules

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Career Technical Education Advisory Committee (CTEAC)
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/40618

·         District Advisory Council for Compensatory Education Programs (DAC)
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/41223

·         District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/3203

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post notices 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 ICOC Meeting Notices

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Cancellation: ICOC Finance, Planning, and Controls Subcommittee, August 23, 2012
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3230

·         Notice of Special Meeting: ICOC Finance, Planning, and Controls & Audit Subcommittees, August 30, 2012
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3229 and http://www.sandi.net/Page/3230

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

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NEWS RELEASE -- Board President Proposes New Bond Will Have Conventional Financing

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, August 22, 2012

BOARD PRESIDENT EVANS TO INTRODUCE RESOLUTION THAT WILL LIMIT PROP. Z TO
USE CONVENTIONAL BONDS

SAN DIEGO -- Dr. John Lee Evans, president of the San Diego Unified School
District Board of Education will ask the Board at its next meeting to
ensure that Proposition Z, the district's bond proposal on the November
ballot,
will only use conventional bond financing, similar to a home mortgage.

Evans' resolution, which must be approved by a Board majority, would
prohibit use of the use of so-called capital appreciation bonds (CABs).
The next scheduled regular meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday,
Sept. 4.

"In light of the recent focus on the use of CABs, I want to make the
intent of the Board and the policy of the District clear," Dr. Evans
stated. "I am putting forward a resolution that will clearly state that it
is the intent of the Board that Proposition Z will not use Capital
Appreciation Bonds."

Proposition Z should only employ conventional bonds, which function almost
identically to home mortgage; interest payments and principal retire the
debt on a current interest schedule, he added.

"The new tax rate included in Proposition Z will allow the district to use
regular current interest general obligation bonds," he said. "Therefore,
under Prop. Z, there should be no need for the district to make use of
Capital Appreciation Bond financing."

Proposition Z authorizes the District to raise and spend badly needed
funds for local schools, Evans noted, with all funds being raised and
spent locally.

Proposition Z will generate the revenues needed to pay off the bonds on a
"pay-as-you-go" basis. Under Evans' resolution, the District will use
conventional 20- to 30-year bonds and not 40-year CABs with deferred
payments that increase overall costs.

"We recently reached an agreement with the teachers union for concessions
to keep the teachers in the classroom and to balance the budget at the
same time." said Evans. He pointed out that the recent deal to save 1,500
teacher jobs followed the same pay-as-you-go principle. He stressed that
his resolution will apply this same fiscal discipline to the
implementation of Prop Z.

The Board placed Proposition Z on the November ballot at its July 24
meeting. It will generate local funding to build and renovate classrooms
and for technology upgrades for neighborhood and charter schools.

"Proposition Z must be open and transparent about both the expenditures
and the generation of local funds from the property tax assessment that
will support our local schools," said Evans. The measure includes annual
audits and an Independent Citizens Oversight for the public to have
certainty that bond funds will be spent as promised.

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CONTACT: Dr. John Lee Evans, President, Board of Education, (858) 361-5151.



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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Post Special CAC Meeting Notice & Agenda, August 23, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Notice of Special Meeting: Executive Committee of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC)
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/40969

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Post 2012-13 CAC Committee Meeting Schedules

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC)
Committee Meeting Information:
: http://www.sandi.net/Page/40970

·         Executive Committee of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC)
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/40969

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Post 2012-13 ACUESP Committee Meeting Schedule

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·         Advisory Committee for the Utilization of Excess School Property (ACUESP)
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/40947

 

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Friday, August 17, 2012

News Release--San Diego Unified School District Borrows $240 Million by Selling Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes

NEWS RELEASE -- Aug. 17, 2012

San Diego Unified School District Borrows $240 Million by Selling Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs)

To cover the fiscal gap left by the lack of, and delayed, state funding, San Diego Unified School District sold $240 million Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs) for Fiscal Year 2012-13. The negotiated sale occurred on Aug. 1, and the TRANs were issued with two maturity dates: Jan. 31, 2013 for $155 million (Series A-1 Notes); and June 28, 2013, in the amount of $85 million (Series A-2 Notes).

Since Fiscal Year 2007-08, the State of California has been deferring revenue payments to San Diego Unified School District in order to manage cash flow challenges at the state level. These ongoing deferrals require the school district to seek higher short-term borrowing amounts through the use of TRANs from the financial markets.

Based on current projections, the estimated total deferred cash payments for July 2013 and August 2013 is $84 and $131 million, depending upon the result of the governor's November tax measure. When the school district recently adopted its budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13, it needed to overcome the state's cash deferrals and a 2012-13 budget deficit of $120 million. The deficit was reduced by collective bargaining negotiations and programmatic adjustments. The state deferrals are funded by a TRANs note and inter-fund borrowing.

"As a prelude to seeking the TRANs, the school district's finance team diligently pursued a rating review with Standard and Poor's," said Adam Bauer, principal of Fieldman, Rolapp and Associates and financial advisor to the school district. "As a result of the strategies applied to balance the budget and the district's firm commitment to its fiduciary responsibilities, the TRANs were assigned a short-term rating of "SP-1+", which is the highest short-term credit rating available. The district was able to achieve the highest short-term rating due to the district's strong underlying general credit characteristics, projected available Fiscal Year 2012-13 general fund balances at note maturity periods, and inter-fund borrowing sources."

"In recent years, many school districts have been using TRANs to offset the difference in timing of expenditures and receipt of revenue," Bauer explained. "Given the credit worthiness of the school district, the conservative nature of the borrowing, the set-aside structure, and the highest investment grade short-term rating, the district was successful in attracting investors to the notes. There was significant demand for the short-term maturity of January 2013, which helped to lower the rates and cost of borrowing. The TRANS will provide the school district the funding source to bridge the deferral period and manage the month-to-month cash flow requirements."

For more information, contact Wayne Oetken, interim chief financial officer for San Diego Unified School District, at 619-725-7597; or Adam Bauer, principal of Fieldman, Rolapp and Associates and financial advisor to the school district, at 949-660-7303.

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Supervisor | Communications Office | San Diego Unified School District
Offices: (619) 725-5579 or (858) 637-3607 | E-mail: creed-porter@sandi.net


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Friday, August 3, 2012

Post Mtg Notice & Agendas, August 7, 2012

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Change of Time for Closed Session—Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

·          Closed Session Agenda—Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 3:00 p.m., Room 2249
Open & Closed Session Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

·          Regular Meeting Agenda—Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
BoardDocs Agenda Link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=8U3T8J7624E9

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NEWS RELEASE -- Tentative Agreement Reached Between SD Unified and Administrators Association Certificated

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, August 3, 2012

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN SAN DIEGO UNIFIED AND ADMINISTRATORS
ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATED UNIT ON 2012-13, 2013-14 CONTRACT REVISIONS

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Unified School District and the Administrators
Association San Diego (AASD) certificated bargaining unit have reached a
tentative agreement on revisions to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year
contracts that will help the district cope with state budget reductions.

The certificated unit of the Administrators Association, which includes
principals and vice principals, have negotiated a tentative agreement that
includes restoring last year's furloughs and deferring cost of living
raises in the current contract that where planned for the 2012-13 school
year. The agreement contains concessions similar to those included in
earlier agreements reached with the San Diego Education Association and
the San Diego Unified School Police Officers Association. Non-represented
management staff will also make similar concessions.

The AASD tentative agreement also includes additional furlough days that
would kick in should state tax ballot propositions fail in November. The
district estimates that with the contingency furlough, administrators
would contribute a proportional share of approximately $4.5 million to
help resolve the estimated $40 million of mid-year cuts facing the
district should the November ballot measure fail.

The membership of Administrators Association must now ratify the revisions
and the Board of Education must also approve the agreement. The Board of
Education will schedule the tentative agreement for final approval at a
September Board meeting, following the AASD ratification vote to be held
in August.

"This agreement with our principals and vice principals once again
demonstrates that our district is taking the right actions that will
ensure that we maintain a balanced budget for the 2012/13 school year,"
said Dr. John Lee Evans, Board of Education President. "We thank the
members of the Administrators Association for making the same sacrifices
that our teaching staff has agreed to so that we can preserve excellent
educational opportunities for our students."

"Our principals have had to cope with the devastating effects of shrinking
budgets over the last five years that impact their school operations," he
said. "They are all working harder to keep our schools focus on students
even as they, like our teachers, accept two more years of reduced pay.
This is another example of how our school leaders in the Administrators
Association make a priority of doing what's best for the kids."

The Tentative Agreement, which must now be ratified by the Association
membership contains the following elements:

-- Deferral of raises contained in current contract;
-- Agreement to a set number of furlough days for the 2012-13 and 2013-14
fiscal years; with additional furlough days to be added based on mid-year
cuts (tracking with the SDEA schedule);
-- A 1% increase to top salary step if either state tax measure passes in
November;
-- No layoffs in 2012-13 only;
-- 13 retirement incentives per year, with any unused from 2012-13 rolling
over to 2013-14 and increasing up to a maximum of 18 in 2013-14 if there
are positions eliminated that year;
-- Settlement of the priority consideration grievance and agreement to a
contractual side letter outlining the process for future implementation as
outlined in the most recent HR iteration.

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CONTACT: Bernie Rhinerson, Chief of Staff, (619) 725-5567




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MEDIA ADVISORY -- News Conference Announces Tentative Agreement Between SD Unified, Administrators on Contract Revisions

NEWS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN SAN DIEGO UNIFIED
SCHOOL DISTRICT, ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO CITY SCHOOLS ON
CONTRACT REVISIONS

WHAT: Announcement of tentative agreement between the San Diego Unified
School District and Administrators Association of San Diego City Schools
on revisions to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year contracts.

WHEN/WHERE: 12:30 p.m., Friday, August 3, Auditorium, Eugene Brucker
Education Center, 4100 Normal Street (92103)

DETAILS: Board of Education President Dr. John Lee Evans will announce a
tentative agreement on changes to the Administrators Association 2012-13
and 2013-14 school year contracts. The tentative agreement mirrors
agreements approved earlier by the San Diego Education Association and San
Diego Schools Police Officers' Association. It includes deferral of pay
raises, continuance of the five furlough days, establishment of a health
care trust and a one-time retirement incentive for Association members.
The tentative agreement outlines additional conditions based on whether
the November Tax Initiatives pass or fail.

The Association is the bargaining unit for employees in ?number
administrative positions in the district, including principals and
non-teaching supervisors.

CONTACT: Bernie Rhinerson, San Diego Unified Chief of Staff and District
Relations, 619-300-7015


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Jack Brandais | Communications Department | San Diego Unified School
District | (619) 725-5570 (Desk) | (619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Notice of Special Meeting: DELAC Executive Board Meeting, August 2, 2012

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·         Notice of Special Meeting: District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) – Executive Board, August 2, 2012
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/page/3203

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