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2/16/17

Several Opportunities to Share Viewpoints Will Be Offered

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (February 16, 2017) – On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) School Board will conduct a public hearing during the board meeting to receive comments about construction related to the South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) old gymnasium building.  Specifically, the Board wants to hear the community’s perspective on repurposing the existing space versus replacing the structure.  The future building will be a vibrant addition to the campus and will house a black box theater, instructional space for art classes and a lab for robotics and other STEM programs.

     “The Board wants to hear the community’s thoughts about whether to replace or reconfigure this building.  As we come to a decision, multiple factors will be taken into account including architectural and engineering considerations, cost, and community input.  We will consider all factors as we determine a construction plan for this important instructional space,” said Elisabeth Eilers, SPUSD School Board president.

     The structure, originally built as a gymnasium for students on the SPMS campus, has been partially retired for the past several years. Currently, only a portion of the building is being used due to outdated systems and access issues requiring costly updates and improvements. Expected to serve all SPMS students, the future structure may be used for community events as well. 

     Once the School Board determines direction, planning is expected to last approximately 14 months.  Construction could begin as early as fall 2018, with completion expected approximately one year later.

     In addition to attending the public hearing at the SPUSD office, community members also may express opinions about this project electronically, through a link on the SPUSD website at www.spusd.net under Information & Announcements or by mailing correspondence to SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz, 1020 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, California 91030. All feedback should be shared by Friday, March 17 at 4 p.m. to ensure that it will be considered by the Board.

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

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For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, scarroll@spusd.net

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2/15/17

 

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (February 15, 2017) – The South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) Board of Education approved a resolution on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, which underscores the District’s commitment to fostering a safe and healthy environment for all students.  Illustrating the importance of unwavering values regarding the humanity and dignity of every person, the resolution seeks to clearly state the District’s commitment to maintaining an environment of acceptance, support and kindness for all.

     “South Pasadena Unified recognizes the diversity and worth of all students and is committed to providing equal educational opportunities without discrimination,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz.

     With this resolution, SPUSD joins many school districts and the National Parent Teachers Association in clearly stating its inclusive values. Further, the resolution declares that schools are safe learning environments that welcome parent participation and that SPUSD will protect all rights afforded to students under federal and state law and regulations. Such laws and SPUSD policies and procedures state the following:

  • District personnel shall treat all students equitably in the receipt of all school services;
  • District personnel shall not inquire about a student’s immigration status, including that of family members;
  • Any request by Federal immigration officials for information or to access a school site shall be immediately forwarded to the Superintendent for review and a decision on whether to allow access to the site and provision of information ensuring the District compliance with Plyler v. Doe (1982) and other applicable laws; and
  • In its continued commitment to the protection of student privacy, SPUSD shall ensure that no unnecessary data is being collected with respect to students’ immigration status.

     The Board of Education discussed and voted to approve the resolution during the recent board meeting.  See attached file for complete resolution.

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

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For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, scarroll@spusd.net

 

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1/26/17

Governor Jerry Brown Reduces Budget Estimates for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (January 24, 2017) – Recently, Governor Jerry Brown released a new state budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  The proposal allows for modest education increases to Proposition 98 (Prop 98) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  However, based on this 2017-2018 budget proposal, South Pasadena Unified will receive less money than previously planned by the Governor.

     “Much to our surprise, considering the passage of Proposition 55, low unemployment, and economic growth, Governor Brown abruptly decreased the revenue for California’s public education system and, subsequently, for South Pasadena Unified by an estimated $900,000 from the state’s adopted budget in June of 2016.  The Governor’s budget revisions have created an unexpected financial challenge for the district going forward,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz.

     The LCFF, in particular, disproportionally directs more funds to districts with higher percentages of foster youth, low-income families, and English Language Learners. Prop 98 guarantees a minimum amount of funding for districts amid changing economic times, and it appears the state is not making any substantial adjustments to offer extra funding.   In addition, school districts must factor in state-mandated increases in contributions for STRS/PERS (retirement benefits) and employee health benefits. All in all, districts like South Pasadena Unified, that are funded in the bottom 10% of school districts in California, will be challenged to maintain current programs under the Governor’s plan.

     “In light of the state funding proposal, we need to start thinking less about establishing new programs and more about maintaining, operating and creating success within existing initiatives, and unfortunately, reducing or modifying programs and services to balance the budget,” said Yantz. 

     Administrators, staff and the school board will work over the next few months to prepare a balanced budget for 2017-2018 that addresses the unexpected decline in state revenue.

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

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Today: 2/19/17

Key Dates for the 2016-2017 School Year

Click HERE to view the List of Important Dates.

Click HERE to view the entire Instructional Calendar.

 

First Day of School - Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Break - November 21-25, 2016

Winter Break - Thursday, December 22, 2016 to Friday, January 6, 2017

Spring Break - April 3-7, 2017

Last Day of School - Friday, June 9, 2017