Along with three of his Democratic colleagues, state Sen. Anthony Portantino introduced a bill last week seeking to add $1.2 billion to the Local Control Funding Formula, voter-mandated budget formula that since 2013 has determined annual revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges. Continue reading “Portantino Pushes for More Base Grant Funding for Schools”
La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members selected Linik Corp. to help steer the district in its planning and implementation of Measure LCF, the $149 million general obligation bond measure approved by voters in November.
After board members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with the consultants, Linik will come aboard to assist with pre-construction planning, bidding, construction and completion of bond projects — all areas in which district staffers are not experts, Chief Business Officer Mark Evans said.
“This is an important mechanism for us, I’m very pleased to see we’re taking this step,” said board member Joe Radabaugh of the contract, which includes rates not to exceed $45,500. “There will be some incremental costs, but those costs will save us in the long run. Let’s get going.” Continue reading “LCUSD Brings Aboard Consultant to Help With Construction Plans”
The family of a La Cañada High School special education student is suing the school district, claiming that negligence by district employees resulted in the boy being seriously injured when he fell from the bleachers during an assembly on May 20, 2016 in Hotchkin Gymnasium.
The case is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 22. Attorney Robert Glassman will argue that the district’s failure to install guardrails on the bleachers from which Ethan Kalnins, who suffers from cerebral palsy, fell. The fall caused a fractured hip and led to resulting physical, emotional and psychological duress, Glassman said.
Supporters of the La Cañada Unified School District have been busy the past few weeks, making calls and knocking on doors in an attempt to drum up votes for Measure LCF, the proposed $149 million general obligation bond on the Nov. 7 ballot.
On Election Day, La Cañada Flintridge voters will choose three LCUSD Governing Board members and decide whether to approve the bond, which would fund improvements to the district’s four campuses. Each of the five board candidates supports the measure, as did 65% of prospective voters who responded to a survey conducted earlier this year. It needs 55% voter approval to pass. Continue reading “Measure LCF Could Deliver $149 Million to LCUSD”
La Cañada Unified School District officials took a hard look last week at a tightening financial outlook.
Chief Business and Operations Officer Mark Evans warned that it appears several years of an unprecedented boost in statewide education funding will end in 2017-18. That financial influx was an effort, Evans said, to “close the gap,” or to get districts back to the level of funding they had before the 2008 recession. But those levels did not account for technology modernization expenses. Continue reading “LCUSD Could Feel State Education Financial Squeeze”
Ryan Zerbel caught his players peeking at their new football field as it was being installed last week. The second-year Spartans coach could tell they liked what they saw: the beginning of a striking, dual-tone surface similar to the field on which college football power Oregon plays its home games. Continue reading “Dazzling New Field Being Installed for LCHS Teams”
Talks between district officials and union representatives about additional teacher compensation continued in earnest this week. Continue reading “Teachers, District Continue to Talk About Pay”
The La Cañada High School Spartans — and every other user group that runs, jumps and tackles on the field at the school — is a step closer to having new turf. The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a $728,697 project to replace the field and the padding beneath it. Continue reading “LCUSD Approves New Turf at High School”
Teacher compensation was at the forefront of discussion during a special meeting of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Monday.
The board gathered to review this forthcoming Local Control Accountability Plan, which establishes annual goals and specific actions required for funding approval from the county. Continue reading “Schools See Need to Raise Teachers’ Salaries”