A.M. Winn Community Meeting- Questions and Comments by coopmike48

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ASSET DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY MEETING Date: January 13, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: A. M. Winn, East Study Area Panel Facilitator: Mary Hardin Young Additional Attendees: SCUSD Board Members: Patrick Kennedy, Diana Rodriguez, Donald Terry
Vice Mayor of Rancho Cordova: Ken Cooley

Questions: • Is there a reason that Year Round Education (YRE) has not been utilized in SCUSD? Our district’s YRE schools were converted last year to traditional calendar as a budget-saving effort. • • Are High Schools and Middle schools being considered for closure and consolidation? Everything is on the table for consideration. Why are we spending money to build / start small high schools? Our HS reform effort includes Small Learning Communities (SLCs) at our comprehensive high schools and small theme-based high schools; we now have 42 options for our students through this effort. Also, high school enrollment has increased since beginning our high school reform as well. In light of school closures, is there consideration for re-using Serna Center or reducing central office staff? Is the facility at 16th and N being looked at for re-use? We are currently looking at reducing our centralized programming and staff again this year. We’re also looking at renting/leasing other district facilities, including Serna Center. Will facilities and materials be provided to support schools that receive extra students? We have programs, services and portables that can be moved to support an increased number of students at a site. Do you know about and monitor the development trends or projects that exist in the east area? We meet with the city on a regular basis and track projects that will impact schools. These projects are listed on the matrix of schools. Would buildings be sold or traded? If traded, would that be permanent? This is a tough economic time to look at selling properties. We are predicting that our enrollment will level out and begin to rise in a couple of years. We will want the facilities to be able to house those students when that occurs. We’ll look for services and programs that could fill our facilities and offer additional support to our families and communities until the enrollment increases. How will the decisions to consolidate or close schools impact Open Enrollment that is already underway? When boundaries were changed in the past, or when a school was closed, a special Open Enrollment time was scheduled to accommodate families in the affected areas.

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Asset Development Community Meeting Notes – Page 2 of 4 Date: January 13, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: A. M. Winn, East Study Area

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Is Class-Size Reduction really for students or teachers? Who does it really benefit? There are different thoughts about Class-Size Reduction. One study indicates that class size impacts achievement when the class is around 10 to 1. However, the climate of the classroom and school are not always measured in an academic arena. The studies are mixed. Most of the measurable gains are with EL students or students with special needs. Does the district still own the property on Capitol Mall? No. Is there some chemistry which can be added to the mix of Rancho Cordova and SCUCD? We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with the city of Rancho Cordova to explore all options.

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Comments/Suggestions: • Repurpose Jefferson and Bancroft, by creating a K-5 at one site and 6-8 at the other. You would enhance options for students in the neighborhood and serve the existing population that is currently leaving the neighborhood to attend other schools. You should use a school such as Sutter as a model to increase enrollment for other schools. If not possible, you should consider sending students back to their neighborhood schools. You should factor in the success of the school when considering consolidating schools and / or grade levels at a school. Another factor should be the involvement of parents in an active PTA or PTO. Active parents support schools financially. You need to consider the impact on the district’s transportation if you consolidate schools. There is confusion about schools that are Sac City Schools but located within the city limits of Rancho Cordova – the schools that are east of Bradshaw. We need to do a better job of informing parents about the district boundaries. Schools should tap into the knowledge of colleges when combining classes. This could be a benefit for our students and our teachers. Shared services on our campuses should be our focus tonight. We need to think about what we can combine with our site classes to fill buildings and provide additional services to our communities. Parent participation pre-schools are a huge benefit for our neighborhoods. We even have some toddler programs as well. Adding child care for a family’s additional students, on the same site, would increase enrollment in the pre-school programs. Need to review how to save money with food that is thrown away each day at schools. There are many little ways to save money, including looking at the use of paper. You should consolidate multiple translations on one page (front and back).

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Asset Development Community Meeting Notes – Page 3 of 4 Date: January 13, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: A. M. Winn, East Study Area

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Use ConnectEd to communicate with parents rather than all of the paper. Put more information on the Website for parents to read vs. paper. Everyone needs to consider parents who don’t have access to the website or use of computers. Make sure that they’re informed about the meetings and can give input. We need to be talking about the big picture and not concerns of specific sites. Ken Cooley / Vice-Mayor of Rancho Cordova: These are dire and challenging times that affect all of us. We all face challenges. We need to create community involvement to make education work for everyone and I’m happy to see the district move to area board member representation. Delighted that SCUSD is here tonight and that we can partner together during these tough times. We have positive civic opportunities if we work together and are future-oriented. Our schools in the area are doing very well and we want to continue to support them. We have a number of small high schools, one (George Washington Carver) has 222 students we spend over $9K per student. Carver is dependent charter and is a bit more expensive this year, but should become similar in costs to comprehensive high schools. All charter schools are seen the same by the State. Edward Kelly stopped the afternoon pre-school program this year decreasing opportunities for enrollment. After school activities with Lincoln Village Association and Cordova Parks and Recreation currently the kids must go to Mills Middle School to participate in some of these. Cordova Parks and Rec would put activities here in Lincoln Village. Yes, the projects are transferable and we are working with the park and recreation regarding facility use. Share services on campuses and keep in mind it is not the end. Much of adult education is not known to the community. 20:1 is a benefit, I have seen it with my kids, the success rate is higher. I think it is great, 25:1 if we need to change. It was reported that Sac Charter owes the district money. Sac Charter is moving forward with a repayment plan. Concern we would lose enrollment if successful schools are closed/combined. We are looking at every school site and plan on duplicating programs which are successful. The more we open our schools to community the less safe they become. Rosemont is going form block to traditional 6 period day. Electives will not be available for 9th and 10th graders unless it is a 0 or 7th period. The current schedule recruits and offers more courses than any other SCUSD high schools. There are more creative ways to cut costs than this.

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Asset Development Community Meeting Notes – Page 4 of 4 Date: January 13, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: A. M. Winn, East Study Area

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Parents support the block schedule at Rosemont (3 comments). Budget impact of $700,000 for 4 x 4 Block schedule. We are concerned about equitable Concap between Bancroft and Jefferson. Not “crazy” about a middle school in College Glen area (Bancroft/Jefferson).

Comments Submitted by Community Attendees on Index Cards • Consider leasing closed schools to nearby/adjacent private schools or churches. For example, I believe Capital Christian Center was interested in buying J. W. Marshall before it was reopened several years ago (probably in the late 1980s or early 1990s) Instead of fliers send emails Send out materials in English and have parents/families request other languages and send these separately. More admin time to keep this organized but might save more in paper costs. Use the school site as a meeting space for church events or church service that cannot afford a building currently but can afford a rent payment. Especially if the church works with the school for the best options. SCUSD teachers pay $935 per year union dues. If 50% of this went into health, dental, vision plan, the district would save approx 1.2 million dollars per year. It is time CTA/NEA/SCTA carried their fair share of the burden rather than proposing tax increases. They have money to spend on noneducation political issues I see no reason they couldn’t use money. The governor is seeking to shorten the school year by five (5) days. Would ADA funds be lost to schools? However, teacher salaries would be cut. Would this offset the loss of ADA funds to schools? Would it save enough money to prevent teacher layoffs? Would it help to prevent school closures? If it can help, I’m for it. How much does it cost to bus children to other schools? How much does it cost to maintain a school K-6? Maintenance being basic operating costs not including certificated and classified staff salaries. (Approximate costs). Teachers would have to move to another school; therefore, salaries would not be a part of above. Will concap be cost effective? Lab fees – Arts & Music: Been told by Mr. Barentson that it is permissible by Ed Code. Principal at Rosemont prohibits charging lab fee. Contacted Board for policy, referred to Superintendent twice and have received no response. Would be helpful to have clear district policy. It would help defray costs of music and some other electives. California charges sales tax on purchases made by schools/district. It is ludicrous to pay taxes on money collected through taxation. Smacks of a giant ponzi scheme which feeds back into itself.

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