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By Mary O’Keefe and Valley Sun | December 20, 2007
The new president of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, Susan Boyd, said in an interview this week she plans on continuing conducting the board?s business in the same way her predecessor, outgoing president Scott Tracy, established during his two-year tenure at the helm. ?The board is a consensus group,? Boyd said. Boyd, elected president Dec. 11 during the annual rotation of officers, said decisions concerning the direction of the district and goals are made together with input from all members.
By Stephanie Ghiya | August 17, 2011
Thanks to an improved funding picture, the La Cañada Unified School District recently hired 30 temporary teachers, Supt. Wendy Sinnette reported at Tuesday's school board meeting. The improved funding outlook is due to three things, she reported. The first is that enrollment registration numbers are up for the coming school year. The second involves a gift of $1.1 million from the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. And a third involves an additional $900,000 in parent contributions earmarked for class-size reduction.
By Joel Peterson and Scott Tracy | December 15, 2010
By now, most of you have heard the news. Our school district is facing an unprecedented financial crisis. The school board created a task force to help us all do our part to weather this storm. Our campaign is going to kick off officially in late January. For a number of reasons, however, we felt we needed to speak to you all immediately. The problem has grown worse The state of California, which is the primary source of funding for our school district, is in terrible financial shape.
By Ron Dietel | June 8, 2011
As the Valley Sun reported last week, the LCUSD Governing Board recently voted 4-1, with Joel Peterson dissenting, to cut four complete days of school next year, replacing them with four pupil-free days for teacher professional development. The district will add a few minutes to each school day to keep the total annual minutes about the same or even a little higher, but the four days will be gone. The basic agreement was made during teacher contract negotiations, behind closed doors, with almost no input from parents or members of the community, who are paying more, yet getting less.
October 14, 2010
Last week's well-attended PTA meeting at Palm Crest Elementary brought the plight of school funding to the forefront in our community. For too long, too many of us have convinced ourselves that either the situation was not as bad as we feared or that some thing would happen to preserve the status quo. But, as we now know all too well, such is not the case. This year, kindergarten aides have been eliminated and class sizes in K-3 have risen. Shrinking revenue sources and declining enrollment simply do not provide sufficient funding to maintain smaller classes.
March 25, 2010
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By Max Zimbert | June 3, 2010
A bill that would tweak the way California community colleges are funded could change the number of math and English classes offered at Glendale Community College, officials said. The bill by state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) would adjust the roughly $5,500 per-student revenue that the state allocates for community colleges by requiring another snapshot of classroom attendance, which drives the bulk of state funding. In addition to college officials reporting attendance at the end of the course, they would also have to give a snapshot of enrollment one-fifth of the way through the semester, under the bill.
By Christopher Cadelago, | June 24, 2010
State election officials are investigating claims that Republican Sunder Ramani, a candidate for the 43rd Assembly District, violated campaign finance laws by failing to file campaign statements within 24 hours of receiving contributions. Roman Porter, executive director of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, on Monday confirmed the investigation into Ramani, but declined to provide specifics about the breadth of the probe. The complaint alleges 33 reporting violations.
By Andrew Shortall, | October 21, 2010
La Cañada parents put words into action at the La Cañada Unified School District's Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, responding to the alarm they sounded Oct. 7 at Palm Crest Elementary's PTA meeting. A district task force, comprised of parents, district board members and other community members, was created on Tuesday, to educate the community and help close the gap on the millions of dollars the district is shortchanged by the state of California each year. Continued budget cuts from Sacramento forced La Cañada Unified to make tough decisions to make ends meet.
By Daniel Siegal, | December 14, 2011
A program that helps teens learn about the inner workings of democracy will benefit from the proceeds of the annual Christmas tree sale currently underway at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. When families arrive at the Y's parking lot to select a freshly-cut fir tree for their living room, they're also supporting the local youth, as proceeds from the annual sale can raise up to $60,000 for the Y's Youth and Government program. Rick Dennis, the Y's executive director, community, said that it costs the 128 members of the Crescenta Cañada delegation $1,100 each to participate in the program, and that the sale is a way for the participants to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses.
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