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SCUSD seeks community input at next Superintendent Search Town Hall Meeting at Hiram Johnson High School
Hiram Johnson High School to host 2nd town hall on Monday, Feb. 27

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento City Unified School District is engaged in a series of seven town halls to seek community input on what qualities the Board of Education should consider in hiring a new superintendent. In addition, the district is using its website to conduct an online survey and is posting comments from the town halls on its website. The second town hall will be held at Hiram Johnson High School on Monday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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SCUSD seeks community input on name change for Kit Carson Middle School

Jan. 25, 2017 (Sacramento):  Decades-old Kit Carson Middle School is looking for a name to match its students as the campus evolves into a high school.

Kit Carson Vice Principal Rich Haley who serves on the committee charged with bringing recommendations to the Sacramento City Unified School District said the group has begun gathering input from the community. “We want to know what the community wants – whether we should adopt a totally new name or only tweak the name by dropping the middle school designation,” Haley said.

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Sacramento city superintendent announces he will leave in June
José L. Banda will not seek contract renewal

Jan. 20, 2017 (Sacramento): With his contract expiring in June, Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent José Banda will formally announce at an 8:30 a.m. Friday press availability that he will not seek renewal of his three-year agreement with the city schools.

WHO:  Superintendent José Banda and Board of Education President Jay Hansen

WHAT: Formal announcement of Superintendent Banda’s departure in June

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20 at 8:30 a.m.

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Students return from Winter Break on Monday: SCUSD will be ready

January 6, 2016 (Sacramento): Winter Break is drawing to a close. Sacramento City Unified School District’s principals, teachers and staff are preparing now to ensure that all campuses are open, warm and welcoming on Monday (January 9) when students return to their classrooms.

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SCUSD’s Board votes to support ‘safe haven’ schools

Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to designate SCUSD schools as “safe havens” that protect students regardless of immigration status.

“Students cannot learn in an environment of fear,” said Board Vice President Jessie Ryan. “Last night, by unanimously passing the Safe Haven School District resolution, our district made a strong statement that we hear our community’s fears and will do everything in our power to protect all students irrespective of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual preference or immigration status.”

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Superintendent Banda’s statement on Measure G
Parcel tax would have generated $6 million-$7 million annually for SCUSD schools

November 17, 2016 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent José L. Banda today thanked supporters of Measure G and expressed disappointment over the initiative’s narrow defeat at the polls.

Measure G was supported by 65 percent of Sacramento voters – just short of the two-thirds needed for passage. Although more voters cast ballots in favor of Measure G than Proposition 55 – a statewide tax measure – Measure G failed to reach the supermajority required by law.

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Ribbon-Cutting and Empathy Reading Program Demonstration at Golden Empire Elementary School

Sacramento, CA (October 5, 2016) – RedRover, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Sacramento, California, will join IKEA at Golden Empire Elementary School on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:30 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Sacramento City Unified School District school’s newly transformed classroom space. This classroom, as well as the staff lounge, was remodeled as part of IKEA’s Life Improvement Challenge.

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SCUSD to unveil ‘hydration station’ that highlights water access issues at event tomorrow
Station will help kids learn about the importance of staying hydrated with clean, safe water

September 27, 2016 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District officials will join with partners tomorrow morning (September 28) to unveil a new “hydration station” at Ethel Phillips Elementary School and to kick-off local participation in a statewide campaign.

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SCUSD students to judge ‘Veggie of the Year’ contest between high-profile chefs
Kids will taste-test recipes by culinary experts from Grange, Paragary and more

September 8, 2016 (Sacramento):  Think of it as a local version of “Top Chef” with really, really tough judges.

SCUSD elementary school students will taste-test vegetable dishes crafted by five high-profile Sacramento chefs next week as part of Food Literacy Center’s fourth annual Veggie of the Year competition.

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USDA officials to tour SCUSD’s free summer meals program

July 19, 2016 (Sacramento):  Senior officials with the United States Department of Agriculture will visit SCUSD’s free summer meals program on Thursday (July 21).

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe and USDA Regional Administrator Jesus Mendoza Jr. will observe the breakfast program at Elder Creek Elementary School. The team selected an SCUSD school to visit because it is gathering information on how a nutritious summer meal program can help prevent summer learning loss and ensure students are ready when school resumes in the fall.

Press release Barbershop Program Participants

Staying sharp: Barbers pledge 300 free haircuts to kids who read to them this summer
Partnership with SCUSD and Sacramento Public Library is aimed at combating summer learning loss

July 5, 2016 (Sacramento):  To help kids stay sharp this summer, Sacramento barbers are partnering with SCUSD and Sacramento Public Library on a literacy drive that rewards students for reading.

Ten barbershops have agreed to give away 30 free haircuts this summer to students who read a book to a barber. Sacramento Public Library is supplying 300 books for the initiative.

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SCUSD Board approves November ballot measure to boost graduation rates and student achievement

June 29, 2016 (Sacramento):  Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a $75 parcel tax measure on the November 8 ballot.

The proposed measure would fund the expansion of successful programs, including art and music enrichment, services for struggling learners and vital initiatives that make schools more positive environments for staff, families and children. The measure would sunset after six years.  Senior citizens would be exempted.

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Kids eat free this summer
SCUSD’s Summer Food Service program is serving breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 or younger at 32 sites

May 23, 2016 (Sacramento):  School cafeterias may be closed this summer, but children and teens can still get nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no charge throughout the Sacramento City Unified School District beginning June 27.

During the school year, SCUSD’s Nutrition Services serves more than 50,000 meals a day in school cafeterias throughout the city. Many students eat for free:  About two-thirds of SCUSD’s 44,000 students qualify for a free- or reduced-price meal through the federal school lunch program.

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SCUSD school to host job and wellness fair for community
Resume-writing workshops, community college sign-ups and free health screenings on Saturday

April 28, 2016 (Sacramento):  Ethel I. Baker Elementary School is hosting a free job and wellness fair for the South Sacramento community on Saturday (April 30). More than two dozen partner organizations will participate in the fair, including Sacramento City College, Sacramento Public Library, Elica Health Centers and American Medical Response.

Community members can practice resume writing, get job interviewing tips and learn how to get a job with the state. Free wellness check-ups, vaccinations and eye exams will also be provided.

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Meeting on Thursday to discuss Jefferson School’s future
Community forum on Midtown site co-hosted by City Councilman Hansen, SCUSD Board Member Hansen

April 26, 2016 (Sacramento): Sacramento City Unified School District Board Member Jay Hansen and City Councilman Steve Hansen are co-hosting a community meeting on Thursday (April 28) to discuss the future of Jefferson School at 16th and N streets in Midtown.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, 520 18th St.