March 8 marked exactly one year since Alameda voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A, with 68 percent voting yes.
By raising local revenues for our schools that cannot be taken by the state, Measure A has allowed us to protect our core educational priorities from unprecedented cuts to school funding made in Sacramento in recent years.
We remain deeply committed to transparency regarding how we are spending those locally funded Measure A dollars as well as with all of our educational, budgetary and operational successes and challenges. Over the past year, we have made efforts to expand our communications about all matters of public interest in our schools. We will continue to let you know all we can about what is happening in the district in personal conversations, in meetings and electronically.
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In general, our website is the single best place to find information about AUSD. Those interested in a regular community bulletin can sign up to receive updates via email or RSS feed by clicking on the appropriate links in the “Stay Informed” box in the center of our website’s homepage at . Whether one is seeking information about the district’s general direction, student achievement results, the status of negotiations with our employee bargaining units, how we are spending our Measure A dollars, our latest budget figures, issues heading to the Board of Education, the status of our facilities or just about anything else, the answers are very likely to be on our website.
Here are a few places to find more information on topics I am most frequently asked about:
State of the District: Recently Board President Margie Sherratt presented the “State of the District” to the Alameda League of Women Voters. Her report provided an overview of our successes and challenges and can be found on our Latest News page at /home/latest-news/273-state-of-the-district-ppt.
Labor Negotiations: The latest news about labor negotiations, answers to frequently asked questions and public records related to negotiations are posted on our Labor Negotiations page: /home/labor-negotiations.
Measure A Implemen- tation: The agendas, staff reports and minutes for the public meetings of the 11-member Measure A Oversight Committee meetings (including reports showing how the district is spending Measure A funds in compliance with the terms of Measure A) are posted on the Measure A Oversight Committee’s page: /board-of-education/oversight-and-advisory-committees/measure-a-oversight-advisory-committee.
Second Interim Budget: At this week’s board meeting, staff presented our state-mandated “second interim” budget. That report shows some very worrisome information about how ongoing state budget cuts will affect us over the next three years. That report is posted under the Agendas and Minutes section of our Board of Education page at /board-of-education/agendas-a-minutes. We accounted publicly for every penny of the second interim budget report. In other presentations to the Board in April and May, we will present the information from the second interim through different lenses. For example, we’ll review the budget by categorical resource, by school site and by unit.
We will continue to keep the community updated with information. On behalf of the students, teachers and staff of AUSD, I would like to thank Alameda for all the extraordinary support so many in the community continue to give to our schools year after year.
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