Over the last few years, IUSD has grown accustomed to operating in an environment of fiscal uncertainty, as state lawmakers have often deferred decisions and provided little in the way of concrete information while grappling with California’s budget crisis.
BY SUPERINTENDENT TERRY L. WALKER This week, school districts in California finally got an answer to the question they’ve been grappling with for months: How much money will there be to support students this year?
The selection of a new president wasn't the only big news at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting. A representative from the Irvine Company was also on hand to present IUSD with the sixth installment of its pledge of more than $20 million over 10 years for enriched curriculum in art, science and music.
The IUSD Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6 will mark its final regular session of 2011, and there’s no shortage of business on the agenda. Perhaps most notably, board members are set to elect a new president, as Sue Kuwabara’s one-year term is coming to a close, and they’ll pick assignments and set meeting dates for 2012.
The latest report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, issued Nov. 16, indicates California's struggling economy is likely to trigger automatic cuts to public education that could reduce the school year in some districts. (The Los Angeles Times has the story here.) In response, IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker issued the following statement:
The Irvine Unified School District has selected an experienced and highly regarded finance chief to serve as its next assistant superintendent of business services.
The Irvine Public Schools Foundation kicked off its annual campaign this week to raise money for local schools, which stand to receive double the benefit. That's because the City of Irvine, through its 2010 Measure R initiative, has pledged to contribute up to $875,200 in a dollar-for-dollar match to help ease the impacts of larger class sizes. IPSF has already collected more than $300,000 of that total this calendar year, and the foundation is hoping to raise the remaining $500,000 before Dec. 31.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently pored through scores of legislative bills, offering his signature on some while vetoing others. One of those that didn’t make the cut was Assembly Bill 165, which would have consolidated existing laws that prohibit schools from charging improper fees for classes or extracurricular activities. The legislation would have also established new complaint and audit procedures.