Board talks Measure A, AP classes

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

The Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Board of Edu-cation heard reports at their April 18 meeting on how Measure A funds are being used. The board also approved six Advanced Placement classes at Burroughs High School, including AP Chemi-stry and five English classes.

The major Measure A work is nearly completed, and well under budget. Measure A was put before the district’s voters on June 6, 2006, and resulted in the authorization of $50,500,000 in bonds within legal interest rates to the District, specifically for the purpose of improvements to District schools. A Citizens’ Oversight Committee was established to report back to the taxpayers on how their tax dollars were being spent, and the COC reported back to the Board at this meeting.

In presenting the 2011-2012 report from the COC, the board was advised that a total of $24,869,400 in bonds was sold, leaving a remaining authorization of $25,630,600. This, combined with other bond and funding resources, means that there are Measure A funds available for future projects.

The $24,869,400 of bond proceeds funded modernization projects at Faller, Inyokern, Las Flores, Pierce and Rand schools, as well as infrastructure improvements at Burroughs. Also funded by Measure A were shade structures and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accessibility to these structures on most district campuses.

Public hearings on the ongoing collective bargaining process between the district and Desert Area Guidance Association (DAGA) and California School Employees Association (CSEA) received no comments from the public at all.

The district voted to approve letters to congressmen in support of local school board issues, including the preservation of education funding for fiscal year 2013, urging reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and an urgent request to stop sequestration. Copies of these letters can be found in the “board packet pages” section of the SSUSD’s Web site at www.ssusdschools.org. Click on “board” on the home page, then go to “board packet pages” and then click on the April 18 packet.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to declare May 6-10, 2013, as Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8 as California Day of the Teacher, and May 7 as National Teacher Day. Members of the public are invited to join in this celebration and show appreciation to all the teachers you know.

The board also approved a resolution declaring Classified Employee Week as May 20-24, 2014, in recognition of the many services that classified employees perform for the benefit of district students.

The next board meeting will be May 16, 2013, at the City Council Chambers, 100 W. California Ave. The meeting is open to the public. The board packet can be found at www.ssusdschools.org at least a week before the meeting.

Story First Published: 2013-04-24