New Semester School Update (01-28-2018)
Principal Olivero here to let you know about three important things happening the second semester at UCHS.
First, we start a new semester tomorrow at school. With the exception of a few students, most all will have the same teachers for the second semester.
Second, starting Tuesday, January 30, 2018, we will begin our front office move to the media center. As many know, the front office will go through a redesign and upgrade as new offices will be created or moved along with getting new carpet, paint, and new furniture. The new design is to be completed by next September when we start the new school year. What does this mean? It means that over the next three weeks, attendance, counseling, finance, nurse, school police, counselors, clerical staff and administrators will all be relocated to the media center. In turn, the staff who have been in the media center have been moved to other rooms found around campus. When the final transition happens, the new front door for the school will be the side door that faces the student parking lot. You may ask, who is paying for these upgrades? The answer: the awesome tax payers who agreed several years to fund school facility upgrades (bond initiatives) for our schools. We have already had our sport facilities upgraded and now we are moving to the other areas on campus.
Third, on Tuesday, January 30th, at 2:30 pm, I will be meeting with members of the SSC and SSGT to go over our budget allocations for the 2018-19 school year. The purpose of this meeting is to share where the school funds have been spent in the past as well to hear from our stakeholders for how they think we should utilize funds for next year. All are invited to attend this stakeholder meeting in the media center on the 30th.
As background, the school district is facing 59 million dollar deficit going into next year. Some of this loss is expected to be reduced with the possibility of the Governor giving more to school districts as the CA economy improves. However, all should know that CA still ranks 46 out of 50 states in terms of funding for public education. While we may hear from the state that funding has improved for our schools over the last few years, it is woefully short and the funding levels experienced in 2007.
As we look at our own school allocation for 2018-19, the funding levels are very similar that were given to the school this year. All should know that while this is positive news in that the Board of Education is keeping school cuts away from classrooms, all should know for UCHS, the funding levels are still behind what we received for the 2016-17 academic year. In other words, while the staffing numbers for the school has not changed over the last few years, students have their teachers and classes are below 36 in a class, the front office staff support hours have been reduced as compared to 2016-17. As a result, there has been a loss of support hours (1936) and we expect the same with next year’s budget.
I’m not sure if you have experienced it taking us a longer time to help in the front office, but this is a result of cutbacks made to our school. Cutbacks are still needed for next year because we still face rising health care costs, pension costs, salary increases, higher utility costs, and the cost of living adjustments. So while the dollars to school districts are coming back, the rising costs of other factors continue to result in fewer actual dollars to advance teaching and learning at schools.
I will go over these details at the meeting on the 30th. We hope you can join us.
Have a great Sunday night.