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ASSET DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY MEETING Date: January 20, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: John F. Kennedy High School, West Study Area Panel Facilitator: Mary Shelton Additional Attendees: SCUSD Board Members: Roy Grimes, Patrick Kennedy, Diana Rodriguez SCTA: Marcie Launey, Manuel Villarreal Teamsters Union: Brian Galloway Questions: • Is there any data on maintenance at school sites and what was done to bring schools up to different standards? We have a regular deferred maintenance program. With two recent bond passages, you will see a date when that school was modernized and what was done. For example, JFK has just finished with a major part of one of its phases. • Since MLK was built has it had any modernization? MLK is less than 25 years old and hasn’t received state allocated funds. Once they reach 25 years they will. They have regular maintenance. Modulars are from the state and they become the district’s responsibilities to uphold? We own all of our modulars. The capacity of modulars includes the portables on the site currently. I noticed on the map the future Science & Engineering School, but I couldn’t find the design capacity. That footprint is 575 students with the opportunity to expand, just as George Washington Carver Small High School is designed. I am trying to look at Lisbon in particular. I see that they are bussing out 19 people. I don’t see if they have anyone being bussed in. Is that correct? Lisbon is sending one (1) 4th grader out to C. Wenzel and you will see a corresponding receiving school. Are you looking at any other cities as a model? We have looked mostly in California; 8 districts that comparable to SCUSD. Also, our Superintendent and CFO have attended a number of forums attended by other districts and agencies to obtain information about budget strategies. We have looked at some other districts that includes Fairfax, VA and how they attract and compensate; Clark County, GA and what they do and surprising they are very advanced in what they do. They don’t have the cost of living. We are looking at other school sites and things that went well and things that didn’t go well. • I looked at the sheet 425 is the capacity of Lisbon, is there any speculation of why 200 kids are going somewhere else and why only 1 is being bussed out? We do have that information and sometimes they are going to other schools for other programs. We don’t know the reasons if they go to private schools. Has that always been an issue about Lisbon that their students are going to private schools? I don’t have that information but probably. About 10% of students not attending their home school is common with all districts.

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Curiosity… as I don’t know how your funding is allocated. However, you have an interim site at Bear Flag and has your construction been started on SES? That is a joint use agreement between the city and the district with the use of the library. We are prepared to move in by January, 2010 and in this process we need to think about what we would do with Bear Flag. We are not looking at this in a one-year snapshot. We are in a budget deficit projected for about 3 years. There is a hope for the President’s stimulus package but it isn’t possibly going to happen this year and so we need to look beyond this year. It seems like it is almost only the elementary schools on the chopping block? Actually we are looking at all levels, K-12, with schools of less than 350 students. Are you looking at percentage of enrollment? As far as capacity, yes we are. Is any consideration given to API scores? Absolutely, it is something that we take into consideration. Are the schools you are looking at going to go through across town bussing? We are not anticipating bussing across town as that would defeat the purpose given the added cost of transportation. We are looking at schools within an area. I need to have some clarification. He mentioned that portable classrooms are not included in the capacity. Portables are included in the capacity. I was just wondering and I saw a huge discrepancy in high schools funding. At some of them you are talking $7000 to $8000 and others $4000 per student. Why the discrepancy? We combined two small high schools like America’s Choice and Waldorf to reach a target of 500 students. When we looked at Health Professions, we looked at $5000/student range. One of the things that small high schools have done is bring more students back into the district. We have to make sure the small high schools are financially viable. If not, we need to change them. We can’t have things that far out of line. When we are looking at a 12 to 15 million dollar deficit, we have a lot to do and we need to make the best possible learning environment for the students. The ones that are higher are the ones that are in the process of growing or we need to change to make financially viable. We took a big hit in 1996 and we took a big hit in sports at high schools. I have a sophomore in high school that is in cross country. What is going to happen to these programs? If we don’t have these programs for kids, they won’t want to come to school. My son is fortunate to be recruited; what about future kids that might not have this opportunity for students with academics and athletics? We value what they are doing after school. We are in the process of upgrading these facilities at each of our comprehensive high schools. The budget cut is significant and those two things have to be considered. We have to prioritize and it includes extracurricular and what can we do with the budget today. Are Lisbon and Matsuyama the same in square footage? Lisbon is a little bit bigger in square footage. Lisbon is all west of I-5. Delta Shore’s development is impacting John Still Elementary and Middle, and Luther Burbank.

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Couldn’t we make that area smaller? And make Lisbon area smaller? We wouldn’t want to do that as it makes the enrollment smaller. We would want to add a program to increase the number of students at the site. Lisbon has been slowly dwindling over the past 5 years. Thank you for coming out to hear our concerns. With 2200 students, it is crowded at JFK. With a 7th grader coming, for the record how do you figure the capacity? Capacity is the number of classrooms on the site divided by the loading capacity. 20 to 1 in elementary and 33 to 1 for secondary. One of the goals of the high school re-design was to get the comprehensive high schools enrollment down. The loading capacity? Are they state standards? Or district standards? District How many years? For the past 5 years we have had this funding loading capacity. I noticed in your multi-comparison, are we considering moving to a multi-track system? We took all of the schools in our multi-district comparison and there were only 2 school districts in multi-track. Many of the districts over the past several years have gone away from multi-track for air conditioning and other costs. You were saying if we get a program at a school you would keep it going, so what kind of program can we have at Lisbon to keep it going? That is challenging and we are looking for your suggestions. We also are working with the city to look at services that they can provide and they are looking at spaces to rent to help and work with Lisbon for positive interactions. Also, we are looking at child-care, private child-care and rentals. We are looking for positive things to help for schools underutilized.

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Comments/Suggestion:
• • I am thinking in terms of maintenance and portables, could portables be moved since they are not being used and that will make less classrooms and has this been looked at? Combine an elementary school for instance Lisbon and MLK and open one as a middle school. We don’t have a Middle School dedicated to this area as a Middle School. A lot of the families transport downtown to Sutter or to Sam Brannan. The school designated to this area is Rosa Parks and that is quite a distance. You know you were talking about maintenance and there is a lot of work out there that hasn’t been done out there. Sacramento is recognized as one of the most beautiful tree cities in the world. I have seen the mistletoe ruin these trees. But when it comes to schools, and you people who are school board members are responsible for this. You know what we have to get involved as something is not working for us and when we talk about NCLB and when you leave schools behind you are leaving children behind. How many of you people are willing to come up with a solution and solve these problems. You get paid good money and it is time that you people start taking responsibility, a lot of cheating going over the years, and a lot of scandals. We were doing great at 16 & N building. Somebody got a bag full of money and this is something you need to think about and be responsible and held accountable. Don’t bring fear and scare us. You got to be positive. I am a transplant from San Diego and a point I would like to bring up is that demographics changed over time. If you want neighborhood schools and there are ways to change funding formulas and

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right now we have one size fits all, but if you want a small school you want that flexibility. If you look at comparable schools like Stockton and others, we have the best test results in our schools and because we have the best test results you might look and compare this to small neighborhood schools. • I am a parent of a child that went through consolidation with Bear Flag and Caroline Wenzel. We have gone from 375 to 500+ students and overall it has been successful. The district needs to put reserve monies aside to help with enrollment as there are so many tangibles that go into this situation. I don’t think the district supports a school in this situation. We took a setback. District should have $ set aside to help with the tutoring and transition kinds of things that go along with this kind of situation. I see the under enrollment at Lisbon. Is Lisbon in the situation to be used for something else and will you be displacing neighborhood students? I like the idea of creating Lisbon into a Tech Center or a Media Production Center. As far as Lisbon, there was a comment made to make it a K-8 to get more students. They had really great test scores ten years ago, and I will be honest there are issues with the teachers not advancing students like Didion and Matsuyama. I will be honest with the test scores declining; I won’t be going to Lisbon. They are pushing to go to other schools and to Elk Grove for a better education. This is looking at programs and what is available at the Serna Center and is the district using Parent Haven and put it at a school site and it would be a huge bonus for the students and a wonderful opportunity to think outside of the box. I am curious and I teach in another district and districts are delivering services for K-8 and that makes sense as opposed to the middle school model. The only problem with K-8 is we don’t get funding for a K-8 programs. I am at Didion and we do our own fund raising to have a librarian and other programs and maybe that other district does a better job with funding for a K-8 programs.

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Superintendent Susan Miller Closing Comments: We welcome you to our website and add your comments, ideas or suggestions. You can expect your comments to be on the website by Friday. We will be back in this area on February 4th at MLK. I want to draw you attention to Mr. Grimes email address which is escuelanuevo@sbcglobal.net. We will continue to take thoughts, continue development of options, conduct cost analysis of various options, and continue to meet with stakeholders, agencies and partnerships to get their ideas and all of the information posted on the district website.


				
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