In my first newsletter issue I described how the governor’s January message provided additional funds that helped us dial back several onerous budget reduction measures we had contemplated, including K-3 class size increases to 29 and the elimination of three counselor positions. Thankfully, we were able to plan for a balanced budget with a limited K-3 class size increase to an average of 26 and no loss of teacher jobs. The governor’s “May Revise” added a small amount additional ongoing and one-time funds. We’re not out of the woods yet, as annual increases in STRS and PERS pension costs, as well as escalating special education costs will require careful budget monitoring by the board.
Click here for an interesting EdSource article about a new assembly bill that strives to redefine “full funding” of our California schools.
The school hosted its annual Fine Arts Fair on Sunday, May 6. The students’ work was beautiful and displayed with great care. Kudos to the teachers, administrators and students who put so much time into making this event happen.
The multi-purpose room was filled with families and community members checking out the offerings from about 30 vendors and resource providers, including Tri-City Health, the NUSD Parent Partners, and the Silliman Center.
The fair was held Friday, April 30th at Musick School.
Great news! NUSD secondary students will be eligible for FREE AC Transit and BART service in 2018-19! Associate Superintendent of Educational Services Lety Salinas and Coordinator of Pupil Services Bill Whitton met with a team of school leaders and representatives from the Alameda County Transportation Commission this week to coordinate NUSD’s participation in the pilot Student Transit Pass Program (STPP) in Alameda County funded by Measure BB.
The Commission-adopted goals of the STPP are: reduce barriers to transportation access to and from schools, improve transportation options for Alameda County’s middle and high school students, build support for transit in Alameda County, and create a basis for a countywide student transit pass program.