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6/27/17

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (June 23, 2017) – During the June 13, 2017 Board of Education meeting, South Pasadena Unified School District administrators presented the 2017-2018 budget, which reflects a budget reality check based on Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal in January of 2017, and the recently adopted State budget. The Governor’s January proposal and the adopted state budget required SPUSD to eliminate $1.6 million dollars in expenses in order to balance the budget.  The June 13, 2017 budget presentation to the Board may be accessed from the District website (spusd.net) under Information and Announcements.  The proposed budget is available for review at the District Office and is posted to the website following approval by the Board.

 

 “The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) places SPUSD in the bottom 10% of funding statewide. Since SPUSD has lower percentages of foster youth, low income families and English learners, we receive less funding through the State’s LCFF plan,” said Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Dave Lubs. “Even with the unexpected reductions to the State’s education budget in January, districts like SPUSD did receive additional revenue.  However, considerable increases in expenditures related to CalPERS, CalSTRS and health benefit contributions have consumed most of this new revenue.  As a result, we are forced to make the necessary reductions in expenses.”

 

To limit SPUSD’s reliance on unpredictable and unstable state funding sources, SPUSD has focused on cultivating reliable local funding sources that protect the quality of education in SPUSD schools.  For example, SPUSD’s local school parcel tax measure, which was approved by voters in 2009 and renewed by over 70% of local voters in 2013, provides nearly $2.3 million each year in funding that cannot be taken away by the State. By law these funds must be used to maintain teaching positions and academic programs in SPUSD schools. The local voter approved parcel tax, along with other local fundraising through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF), PTAs, booster clubs and other sources, make up approximately 12% of SPUSD’s funding. With the change in the State school funding formula for school districts like SPUSD, these stable and local funding sources are more critical than ever in protecting high quality education in SPUSD schools. In addition to these important local funding sources, local parent and community volunteers dedicate countless hours to supporting our teachers and students with their talents and energy. Local contributions of time and funding help insulate South Pasadena schools from the ups and downs of state education funding and keeps South Pasadena schools among the best in the State and nation.

 

The Board of Education will take action on the 2017-2018 budget at its June 27, 2017 meeting. 

 

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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6/2/17

Marengo Elementary School Roof Repair and HVAC Replacement Will Begin by Mid-June

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (June 2, 2017) – South Pasadena Unified School District construction projects paid for by the Measure SP Bond are set to begin on Monday, June 12, 2017.  The inaugural renovation project at Marengo Elementary School includes a complete replacement of the shingle roofing – a need identified by an assessment and conditions experienced during rainstorms -- and new HVAC units for the single-story buildings. The project kicks off the first of four phases of construction to be completed over the next ten years as part of Measure SP.

     “With the start of Measure SP construction, the community will begin seeing the future of South Pasadena schools,” said Superintendent Geoff Yantz.  “Through extensive planning and research, we have identified facility projects that will meet the instructional needs of our students and will ensure that we are providing safe environments for 21st century learning and community use. We’re very excited about what’s in store for our students, their families and our staff.”

     Bond projects that begin during phase one should be complete by the end of 2020. In addition to the roofing and HVAC projects at Marengo, South Pasadena High School (SPHS) likely will see ground break on a new math and science building, with construction slated to begin in winter of 2017.  Once final plans are approved for this project, they will be shared on the District website at www.spusd.net under the tab titled Measure SP Bond and Construction. 

     The SPHS athletic and physical education complex also will be renovated during phase one with a new gymnasium floor, new gymnasium bleachers, outdoor/visitor-side bleachers, locker rooms, and new LED stadium lights.  Included as part of these upgrades will be a new physical therapy/training room that will be used for the sports medicine program.

     At South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS), the community will see construction of a field and hard court project starting in January of 2018. Designed for school and community use, the conceptual layout includes new tennis and basketball courts, a turf soccer field with cork infill and an asphalt running track around the perimeter, along with a new hard court play area and expanded grass field. The construction timeline is designed to move quickly so that the community at-large may begin to use the new facilities as soon as possible -- likely by the summer of 2018.

     Near the beginning of 2019, construction work on the SPMS old gym will begin. Community input and research drove the decision to repurpose the old gymnasium but keep the exterior intact. The interior space will be transformed into a visual and performing arts space along with a lab for the school’s robotics program.  Lending planning foresight and artistic expertise, the South Pasadena District Arts Committee has been and will continue to be involved in the planning of instructional spaces within this new building. This project is expected to continue through 2019 with students beginning to use the space near the end of that year.

     The planning process for all school construction projects requires approval from the Division of the State Architect (DSA) within the Department of General Services.  This organization grants approvals to projects under its jurisdiction by looking at Title 24 compliance as well as requirements of the Americans with Disability Act, structural analysis, and environmental standards. DSA's oversight for structural safety of school facilities is governed by the provisions of the Field Act contained in the California Education Code sections 17280, et. seq. for K-12.  The District is working with SVA Architects on all planning and Balfour Beatty as construction manager for its bond projects.

     Phases two, three and four of the Measure SP Bond construction will begin near the end of 2019, will continue into 2025 and will include major preservation and restoration of the historic middle school auditorium, replacement of all portable classrooms at the elementary schools and renovation of the District office. The SPHS auditorium building will be renovated with new lighting, sound equipment and air conditioning among other projects.

     South Pasadena voters passed Measure SP in November 2016 by a three-to-one margin. Measure SP provides funds for campus improvements at all five of SPUSD’s schools. To learn more about the bond projects, visit the District’s website and click on Measure SP Bond and Construction. The website includes general information about Measure SP and details such as a master program schedule, construction designs and the Bond Oversight Committee’s meeting agendas and minutes.

 

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: 7/20/17

Key Dates for the 2016-2017 School Year

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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

Key Dates for the 2017-2018 School Year

Click HERE to view the List of Important Dates.

Click HERE to view the entire Instructional Calendar.

 

First Day of School - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Break - November 20-24, 2017

Winter Break - Monday, December 25, 2017 to Friday, January 5, 2018

Spring Break - April 2-6, 2018

Last Day of School - Tuesday, June 5, 2018