CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS COMMENDED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Santa Monica Malibu Board of Education commended The Save Our Schools campaign and the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation at Wednesday night’s School Board meeting, citing visionary fundraising that will n affect students throughout district schools for the 2010 – 2011 school year.
The SOS campaign raised $1,517,201.68 in only 60 days. At the same meeting, the Board of Education restored 19.75 positions with SOS proceeds. 9.5 elementary teacher positions will be restored with Save Our Schools funds. In addition, 2 secondary teachers, 1.75 counselors, 2.5 music teachers, and 4 library coordinators will keep their jobs as a result of Save Our Schools funding. The Board also approved additional positions to be restored with expected Federal Education Jobs Fund dollars.
The result of the positions restored by the Board of Education at the meeting, combining funding from both Save our Schools and the Federal Jobs Fund, will be class sizes in Kindergarten lowered from 27:1 to 23:1, class sizes in grades 1-3 lowered from 27:1 to 25:1, class size ratios lowered in middle and high schools, significantly lower counselor ratios, elementary libraries will remain fully open, the elementary music program will be completely restored, and funding has been allocated for reading specialists and professional development.
“Thanks to the outstanding work of our SOS volunteers, along with an unexpected boost from the federal government, we have made significant progress in bringing almost everything back — for this year,” said Linda Greenberg Gross, Executive Director of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation.
“Within hours of Measure A not being passing, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Executive Director Gross and a small army of volunteers came together with a plan,” said Superintendent Tim Cuneo.
You’ve made our day, helped all of our students and saved our schools for next year.”
“The community support from Save Our Schools is an inspiration. It helps me continue doing what I love with the knowledge that I am not alone in my efforts to afford our children a chance at a better future. Instead, I am part of a family that embodies the true definition of community,” said Monica Micale, a pinkslipped teacher at Franklin Elementary School.
“I am so grateful to everyone who worked on Save Our Schools and who contributed to this worthwhile fund,” says Malibu High School principal, Dr. Mark Kelly. “This funding will have an impact on kids at our school and throughout the entire district.”
“As an SMMUSD educator, a district parent and an SOS contributor, it is inspiring to see our community reach into its own pocket to donate $1.5M toward restoring funding for our schools cut by the State,” said Carl Hobkirk, Assistant Principal at Lincoln Middle School. “The immediate results are the restoration of numerous vital programs that will begin benefiting our children on September 7th and throughout the coming school year.”
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