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Board Briefs: School board weighs in on use of Common Core implementation funds

The Board of Education on Tuesday discussed how best to use $5.8 million in available state funding for the implementation of the California Common Core instructional standards. The Common Core standards are part of a national movement aimed at promoting learning on a much deeper level, with a shift toward critical thinking, creativity, articulating positions and collaboration.

IUSD cautiously projects an increase in funding in 2013-14, though challenges remain

The Board of Education voted to certify IUSD’s Second Interim Report as “positive” on Tuesday night, meaning the district expects to meet all of its financial obligations for the current year and two subsequent years. Before the vote, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services John Fogarty shared revenue and expenditure assumptions with board members and discussed the potential impacts of Governor Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal.

District seeks public input on modified proposal for solar panels at University High School

Back in July, the IUSD Board of Education approved the second phase of an ambitious effort to harness solar energy, green-lighting plans to add vehicle shade structures topped with photovoltaic panels to the parking lots of nine campuses, including University High School. When you combine both phases of the unique power-purchasing agreement, the districts expects to save about $500,000 a year with no upfront capital costs.

Budget Notebook: The passage of Proposition 30 means no furlough days for the current year

BY SUPERINTENDENT TERRY L. WALKER This month’s election has finally brought some clarity to IUSD’s budget outlook, and perhaps given rise to a little optimism. Specifically, the passage of Proposition 30 has prevented midyear “trigger cuts” at the state level by generating revenue for schools and other programs, as California voters have agreed to temporarily raise taxes for high-income earners while increasing the sales tax through 2016.

Board Briefs: School board continues to pursue opportunities for new revenue

Following an emotional presentation marking the departure of two longtime trustees, the IUSD Board of Education on Tuesday engaged in a lively discussion over revenue enhancement opportunities. Last year, the board directed members of the district’s Finance Committee to recommend revenue-generating options to supplement state funding, which has dropped precipitously as a result of California's budget crisis.


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