Important – Please Attend the SMMUSD Board Meeting Thursday May 3rd @ Malibu City Hall (please note: date correction)

Please plan on attending next Thursday’s, May 3rd, SMMUSD board meeting at the Malibu City Hall!

The District’s CFO will be giving a presentation about the financial implications of Malibu unification!

This is one meeting where it will truly pay to show up. So please come, even if you can only come for a brief time.

The school board is very sensitive to numbers attending meetings. This meeting is in Malibu and important to the quality of our children’s education!

I will post the exact time our part of the meeting will start, but I’d guess 7 – 7:30-ish, history being any indicator.

Thanks in advance!

Superintendent’s Advisory Group Meeting at Webster School, March 26th

The next SAG meeting will be on Monday, March 26 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The location of the meeting will be:
Webster Elementary School, 3602 Winter Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265

The SAG will be discussing questions related to the implementation plan of SMMUSD’s controversial Districtwide Fundraising plan. This would be an excellent meeting to attend to observe the implementation process and to comment, if you wish. Districtwide Fundraising continues to roll forward to a start date in the 2013 or 2014 school year. All of need to remain involved and vigilant because the issues with this policy are far from resolved.

AMPS General Meeting – This Thursday March 22, 10 am, Zuma Room

There will be an AMPS meeting this Thursday, March 22nd, in the Zuma Room of Malibu City Hall. The meeting will take place between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. On the agenda will be discussions of events and initiatives related to Malibu educational autonomy.

Please join us!

Also, if you haven’t already, please “follow” this blog and/or “like” Malibu Schools United and Advocates for Malibu Public Schools on Facebook! Please click the appropriate buttons at the top of the right hand column on this page.

Please attend the SMMUSD Board Meeting, March 1, 2012, 7:10 PM

The SMMUSD School Board is meeting Thursday, March 1, 2012 at SMMUSD District Headquarters (1651 16th St, Santa Monica) to hear a presentation on the separation of school districts by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and to begin discussions of potential cooperation with other stakeholders (including AMPS and the City of Malibu) in assessing the feasibility of separation.

Our part of the board meeting will begin promptly at 7:10 pm and is scheduled to last approximately 60 minutes. Please attend if you can! Numbers always matter in these cases. We will not be having a large presence in the public comment portion of this meeting, but bodies in seats will still be helpful. In addition, LACOE’s presentation and the Board’s discussion should be informative.

More, from the SMMUSD Board agenda:

DISCUSSION ITEM NO. D.01

This discussion item will provide the Board of Education an opportunity to hear from Los Angeles County Office of Education representatives regarding a summary of the role and authority of the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization and the criteria that is considered for unification.

This discussion is in response to the City of Malibu’s petition with the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization (County Committee) for the purpose of forming a unified school district from territory currently within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. (The Malibu City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the petition process at its regular meeting on November 28, 2011.)

For more information on the meeting, please go here.

AMPS Meeting Rescheduled for Jan. 27th

Hi all!

The next Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) meeting, scheduled for Jan 12, has been rescheduled for Jan 27, 2012.

The meeting will take place in the Zuma Room at Malibu City Hall between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. On the agenda will be discussions of both districtwide fundraising and district separation.

Also, if you haven’t already, please “follow” malibuschools.com and/or “like” Malibu Schools United and Advocates for Malibu Public Schools on Facebook!

Happy New Year!

AMPS Meeting: Dec 14, 2011

The next Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec 14th between 12:30 and 2:30 pm in the “Community Room” of Malibu City Hall. On the agenda will be discussions of both districtwide fundraising and district separation. Please join us!

Abby Adams’ Initiative

Hi Again-

I am attaching a detailed letter to Superintendent Lyons outlining the reasons WHY she and the School Board must delay the vote on changing the gift policy. I hope that you will allow me to sign your name and your children(s) names/schools to the letter. If you agree with delaying the vote, please forward this with attachment to every SMMUSD family you know tonight and tomorrow. My intent is to email Superintendent and the School Board this letter with as many signatures as possible by noon tomorrow.

Unfortunately, our effort at the 11/17 School Board meeting to delay the School Board vote on changing the Gift Policy ( # BP3290) went unheeded. In spite of the following, the Board has scheduled a special meeting to vote to the proposed policy this Tuesday, 11/29:

1. An unprecedented number of parents attended the 11/17 meeting and gave the Board rational, thoughtful, valid reasons to delay the vote.
2. Neither the PTA Council or the Samohi PTA Executive Board have endorsed the proposed policy.
3. Former SMMUSD Superintendent Cuneo commissioned a RAND report on the efficacy of the current Equity Fund (June 2010 RAND Equity Fund Policy Evaluation) and the feasibility of a district-wide fundraising model. The report clearly states that the notion of a district -wide fundraising model is at best problematic and at worst destined to fail in the SMMUSD especially if not supported by all stakeholders.
4. The SMMUSD Financial Oversight Committee has not endorsed the proposed policy.
5. Today, the Sunday Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-donate-20111127,0,2138658.story) had a lucid, clear, balanced editorial on the validity of looking at a new district-wide fundraising model, but absolutely opposed the rush to vote on the proposed policy BEFORE working out the details of how a new model would work.

Thanks so much, hope you will join us.

Abby, Pat, Kellogg, Cooper & Riley Adams

Reminder: Important City Council Meeting, Monday Nov 28 ~7:30 PM

The Malibu City Council will hold a regular meeting this Monday night, Nov. 28. At that meeting they will discuss “whether to… pursue a petition with the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization (County Committee) for the purpose of forming a unified school district.” Please attend, if you can, to show your support for this important and exciting exploration! This discussion is Item 7A, expected to start between 7:30 and 8:00 pm.

See you there!

Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On

Based on the late night Board discussion of the proposal last Thursday and the fact that the board president has now twice declined to meet with me before the 29th, I think it’s time to turn to the conversation we’d all hoped we wouldn’t have to have.

On Nov 28th, our City Council is hearing a petition to “consider whether to proceed with the process to pursue a petition with the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization (County Committee) for the purpose of forming a unified school district from territory currently within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).” I suggest that we all attend this very important meeting and encourage our friends to attend as well.

At this point, I believe our obligation to the children in our schools is to consider a school structure independent of SMMUSD. If we stay in SMMUSD, we risk forever being the unheard, unconsidered minority with not enough voice to influence school board policy or school board elections. Apparently, it will take a different structure for our voices be heard, our children cherished, and their needs met. As a geographically isolated community that has progressed from town to city, we deserve no less.

At the same time, I see little point in encouraging parents to attend the Nov 29th SMMUSD meeting. Of course, I would never discourage anyone who wishes to attend or speak. I will attend, certainly. However, I can’t in good conscience suggest that attendance would have any impact on the forthcoming vote.

Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done to try to make the SMMUSD proposal a success. I wish we had not come to this point but I am encouraged by a vision of a Malibu Unified School District that would be wonderful for the children, parents, and citizens of our cherished city.

Update from Malibu Schools United

Please put the SMMUSD Board of Education meeting, this Thursday evening, 11/17 on your calendar. This is the second meeting where the board will hear comments and discuss the superintendent’s proposal regarding Districtwide Fundraising. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. (but our section will likely not start until 7 p.m. or slightly later)

If you missed Malibu’s Q&A sessions on the superintendent’s new proposed gift policy, this blog is the place to be, with of the latest news on this proposal, copies of the Q&A presentation and other documents, as well as links to relevant websites.

Finally, please put the SMMUSD Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, 11/29 on your calendar. This is the meeting where the actual vote will take place. It will begin at 6 p.m. and our section will likely start around 7 p.m.

Both Board meetings will take place in the Board Room at the district office, 1651 16th St. in Santa Monica.