Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan P. Raymond issued the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement that he has halted budget negotiations with Republican Legislators:
CA School Superintendents Press for Ballot Measure on Tax Extensions at Event Monday
Press conference on Capitol steps to highlight urgent need for state action
A coalition of California superintendents — including superintendents whose schools are within the legislative district of Republican Legislators negotiating with Governor Brown — will gather at the steps of the Capitol on Monday to discuss the drastic cuts public schools will face without the extension of current temporary taxes.
Anti Youth-Violence Rally Expected to Draw Hundreds of Students Downtown
‘Peace Rally’ Culminates a Week of Teen Tolerance-Building Activities
What: Hundreds of teens from several regional high schools are staging a “Peace Rally” to bring attention to rising gang violence and an increase in teen crime victims. Hosted by the Sacramento Youth Commission, the rally culminates a week of peace-related activities on various campuses throughout Sacramento.
Who: Mayor Kevin Johnson
County Supervisor Phil Serna
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Karen Maxwell
Students from Hiram Johnson, C.K. McClatchy, Grant, Luther Burbank and St. Francis
When: Friday, March 18, 2011
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Rosa Parks Middle School has been named Sacramento’s seventh Superintendent’s Priority School, expanding SCUSD’s bold school improvement effort that is already seeing positive results on six other campuses, Superintendent Jonathan Raymond announced Thursday.
As a Priority School, Rosa Parks will get extra resources and innovations to boost learning though improved teaching, engaging curriculum and strong family and community connections.
Today’s event to officially open the newly upgraded Argonaut Park is cancelled due to muddy conditions triggered by rain. A date for a rescheduled event will be announced once it is determined.
Sacramento City Unified School District, the City of Sacramento, Freeport Renovation on the Move and Kaiser Permanente partnered to furnish the park — located at the Evelyn Moore Community Center adjacent to Sacramento New Technology High School — with state-of-the-art Energi Fitness Course Stations for use by New Tech students and the entire community.
Rising gang activity and an increase in juvenile crime victims has prompted a coalition of concerned high school students to organize a “Week of Peace” that will culminate with a rally across from City Hall.
The week, March 12-18, will include activities such as the signing of a Peace Pledge, creation of peace collages, distribution of green ribbons and “Challenge Days” for students at C.K. McClatchy and Hiram Johnson high schools. Luther Burbank High School will also host two kick-off assemblies on Monday, March 14 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, trustees will consider drastic measures to balance a projected “worst case” deficit of $22.35 million – including cutting financial support for sports, drama, yearbook, newspaper, marching band, cheerleading and speech and debate.
The proposal is to eliminate “extra pay for extra duty stipends,” uniform replacements funds, athletic trainer funds and co-curricular transportation funds for a savings of $1.261 million.
Sutterville Elementary School will hold its Seventh Annual History Day Gallery Walk – part of the highly regarded National History Day academic competition — on Wednesday, February 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The school is located at 4967 Monterey Way, Sacramento.
Gallery Walk is an opportunity for the more than 100 participating students to showcase projects on the theme of “Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences” as practice for the Sacramento County History Day Competition at Rosemont High School on Saturday, March 12.
SCUSD has ordered the closure of Fruit Ridge Elementary School while safety crews conduct a specialized cleaning of the main building in preparation for a complete removal of attic insulation containing asbestos fibers.
Superintendent Jonathan Raymond ordered the closure and the asbestos abatement after workers installing wireless technology came in contact with the insulation, potentially disrupting the asbestos.
”We are being extremely cautious in this situation,” Raymond said. “The safety of students and our staff is our top concern.”
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.