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Updates reflect Revisions to Local Control Accountability Plan and

Bargaining Unit Negotiations

            SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (June 14, 2016) – Coinciding with California’s state budget approval later this month and the end of the fiscal year, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) administration presented a proposed three year budget to the Board of Education beginning with the fiscal year 2016-2017.  The proposed budget reflects items such as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) projections, Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) revisions and recent bargaining unit negotiations.

            The District ends the 2015-2016 fiscal year with a 7.3% reserve balance, but the budget prudently prepares for slower economic growth.  According to School Services of California, the average unified school district reserve balance in 2014-2015 was 13.09%. The State’s funding formula (LCFF) has created a significant funding disparity providing more dollars to districts that serve greater numbers of English-learners, children from low-income families and foster youth. Therefore, it is critical for districts, like South Pasadena, to rely on revenue generated through local sources.

            “While the District has enjoyed several years of increased state funding, South Pasadena Unified as compared to many other California districts receives a low level of overall funding. Many of the expenditures delineated  in the budget reflect statutory increases mandated by the State,” said Dave Lubs, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. “A continued emphasis on local funding sources such as the parcel tax,  SPEF, Booster Clubs and PTAs is critical to maintain the District’s history of educational excellence.  Approximately 10% of the District’s operating budget is generated through these local sources.” 

            LCFF legislation and funding requires districts to update the LCAP annually based on stakeholder input.  This spring, SPUSD constituent groups were asked to participate in a survey evaluating District-wide services and programs. These survey results were shared in stakeholder meeting sessions and these sessions led to recommended LCAP revisions, including a re-alignment of LCAP goals to the District Strategic Plan.

            “Parents, students, educators, bargaining unit representatives, and community members provided thoughtful and relevant information about the impact of SPUSD’s services and programs,” said Christiane Gervais, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. “It is apparent that student success is a high priority, and we are grateful to all the stakeholders who participated in the LCAP input and revision process.”

            The proposed budget also reflects salary increases for certificated, classified, and management employees which include a 2% retoractive increase for 2015-2016 and reflects no salary increases for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 fiscal years.   

            The Board is expected to take action on the proposed budget and the LCAP on June 28, 2016.


California Schools Selected for 2015 Honor Roll by a National Campaign of Business and Education Leaders

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (May 27, 2016) – Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) recently announced Arroyo Vista, Marengo, Monterery Hills, South Pasadena Middle School and South Pasadena High School as five of 1,714 public schools in California to receive the title of 2015 Honor Roll school.

     The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

      “We are proud to be recognized by education and business leaders in California as having Honor Roll schools in South Pasadena,” said Dr. Geoff Yantz, superintendent. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and continuously to improve our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”

      “We as adults have the opportunity to remove obstacles and boost momentum along the pathway from preschool to career,” said Lee Blitch, ERP Board Chairman and President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “When we close achievement gaps, we set our children on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy. These Honor Roll schools are setting their students on the path to a college degree and the financial security of a living wage job.”

     A full list of the Honor Roll schools can be found at  http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=CA.

Today: 6/28/16
6:30 PM Board of Education Meeting

Key Dates for the 2015-2016 School Year

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Click HERE to view the List of Important Dates.

First Day of School - Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Break - November 23-27, 2015

Winter Break - December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016

Spring Break - April 4-8, 2016

Last Day of School - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Key Dates for the 2016-2017 School Year

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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