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SCUSD Orders Emergency Closure of Fruit Ridge Elementary Due to Asbestos

Fruit Ridge Elementary School will be closed on Friday, February 18, to allow asbestos specialists to test insulation in the attic crawl space above main hall classrooms.

Buildings throughout the country constructed prior to 1977 often contained asbestos. Superintendent Jonathan Raymond ordered Fruit Ridge Elementary shut down for one day after work crews installing wireless technology came in contact with the insulation, potentially disrupting the asbestos.

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SCUSD Board to Consider Innovative Fund-Raising Initiatives

At Thursday’s meeting, SCUSD’s Board of Education will consider reconstituting its nonprofit, 501(c)(3) foundation to make it more effective at raising funds for schools.

In addition, trustees will discuss a pilot program for donations that would be used to reduce classroom sizes, retain current teachers and recruit new teachers.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave.

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SCUSD Wins Bid for Green Schools Fellow
The district is one of the first in the country selected for award

Sacramento City Unified School District has been chosen by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for participation in its Center for Green Schools Fellowship program – one of only two K-12 districts in the nation selected for the honor so far.

An official announcement of the district’s selection will be made on Tuesday afternoon at Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Greenwise meeting at the Guild Theater in Oak Park (1:30 p.m.).

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SCUSD Solicits Community Input on Budget with Public Forums, Survey

Sacramento City Unified School District will launch a major effort this month to increase community awareness of 2011-12 budget issues and engage the public in this difficult process.

Starting Tuesday, February 15, SCUSD will hold a series of public forums on the district’s projected financial picture for the next school year. Additionally, the district has launched an online survey to gain greater feedback and input from the community.

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SMUD Recognizes Sac City’s Energy Conservation Efforts with $250K Check

Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) officials will present a check for $250,674 to the Sacramento City Unified School District’s Board of Education tonight – an energy efficiency incentive to recognize the district’s commitment to conservation.

During 2010, SCUSD partnered with SMUD to identify opportunities for reducing energy costs. From this partnership came an aggressive lighting improvement project that upgraded lighting systems in 50 campuses while cutting energy and maintenance costs.

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Sac City Board to Vote on Resolution in Favor of Placing Proposed Tax Extensions on Ballot

The Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) Board of Education will vote at its February 3 meeting on a resolution in support of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to hold a special election on the extension of statewide taxes. The Governor has proposed the measure, in part, to mitigate cuts to statewide education spending.

In order for the tax extension to be voted on, the state legislature must first decide to hold a special election, likely in June.

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Sac City Schools Closed on February 14 in Observance of Lincoln’s Birthday

All schools in Sacramento City Unified School District will be closed for students on Monday, February 14, in observance of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, district officials announced.

District schools traditionally have been closed on this holiday, but, due to an error, the official SCUSD School Year Calendar shows February 14 as a regular school day. School will resume on Tuesday, February 15. Teachers and principals will be using this day for a variety of purposes, including staff development focused on critical district initiatives and administrative prep time.

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Neighbors asked to help protect schools over long winter break

Holidays are happy times for kids on vacation, but they can be trying times for school districts hit hard by vandals, thieves and arsonists taking advantage of empty, darkened campuses.

In fact, school districts experience more property losses in the month of December than any other time of the year, according to risk management agencies. In light of this, SCUSD is asking the community for help in keeping schools safe and secure over the long break, which begins Monday, December 20, and ends Monday, January 3.