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Long Beach Unified School District Parent Letter

Long Beach Unified School District Parent Letter

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Long Beach Unified School District Parent Letter
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FAX (562) 997-8280
December 3, 2012Dear Monroe K-8 School Families:Last month I wrote to inform you of the proposed closure of Monroe at the end of this schoolyear. Here is an update on the status of this proposal.Contrary to a flier that has been circulated in the Monroe neighborhood, we will not convertMonroe to a continuation high school, nor was such a plan proposed. Staff is proposing thatMonroe be used to accommodate our Personnel Commission and its support staff. ThePersonnel Commission consists of three LBUSD residents who meet biweekly regarding itemsaffecting the employment and compensation of classified employees, or many of the non-teaching staff, who work in our school district. Using Monroe as office space will result inminimal impact upon the neighborhood while allowing us to close offices elsewhere in aconsolidation that ultimately makes wiser use of our limited resources.The proposed closure of Monroe will be discussed again, this time for possible action, by ourBoard of Education at its 5 p.m. meeting tomorrow, Dec. 4 at our Administration Building, 1515Hughes Way, Long Beach. You are welcome to attend this meeting. The agenda item regardingMonroe is currently posted publicly on our website atwww.lbschools.net, but I have attached theitem to this document for your convenience. Note that the agenda item clearly states theintended re-use for Monroe as a site for our Personnel Commission. This agenda item alsoprovides details on the proposed redrawing of school boundaries in light of Monroe’s potentialclosure. Remember, however, that should Monroe close, its students will not be limited totransferring to schools within the newly proposed boundaries, but these students will have a widearray of options available to them through our school-of-choice process.While California voters’ passage of Proposition 30 provides temporary tax increases to preventdeeper cuts to schools, LBUSD still must trim $20 million from its budget. Had Prop. 30 failed,the school district would have faced $35 million in cuts. The Monroe recommendation also isdue in part to declining enrollment and reductions in school transportation funding by the state.Only 162 of Monroe’s 655 students live within the school neighborhood.Should the school board adopt staff’s recommendation on this matter, a parent meeting will bescheduled to present more specific information about student placement. Thank you for yourpatience and support as we strive to maintain high quality programs despite years of deep cuts instate funding for education.Sincerely,Christopher J. SteinhauserSuperintendent of Schools
BOARD OF EDUCATIONLONG BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ____________________________________________________________________________ SUBJECT: Monroe K-8 Boundary Elimination and Enclosures: Exhibit A-BBoundary Adjustment Recommendation ____________________________________________________________________________ CATEGORY: New Business Reason for BoardConsideration: ActionFacilities Development & Planning Date: December 4, 2012Business Department ____________________________________________________________________________ 
As the District faces expenditure reductions due to the state’s budget deficit, a boundary eliminationfor Monroe K-8 School is being recommended for the Board’s consideration. Contingent upon theBoard’s approval of the Monroe school closure, a boundary adjustment is being recommended forCleveland Elementary School and Bancroft Middle School. The entire Monroe K-8 School boundaryis proposed to become part of Cleveland’s elementary school boundary, and Cleveland’s proposednew boundary will then become part of Bancroft’s existing middle school boundary.
Approve the elimination of the Monroe K-8 School boundary and approve the boundary adjustmentat Cleveland Elementary and Bancroft Middle as follows:
Cleveland Elementary School (Exhibit A)
– add the existing Monroe K-5 boundary,bounded by Carson to the south, Palo Verde to the west, Centralia to the north, and the SanGabriel River to the east, to the existing Cleveland Elementary School Boundary
Bancroft Middle School (Exhibit B)
 —add the proposed new Cleveland boundary, boundedby Carson to the south, north along Palo Verde to Arbor, west along Arbor to Gondar, northalong Gondar to Del Amo, west along Del Amo to Faust, north along Faust to Eberle, eastalong Eberle past Turnergrove, northeast across the greenbelt to Carfax, northwest alongCarfax to Candlewood, Candlewood to the north, and the San Gabriel River to the east, tothe existing Bancroft Middle School boundary.In addition, staff recommends moving the Personnel Commission to the Monroe site beginning withthe 2013-14 school year.
Prepared by: Approved and Recommended:Carri Matsumoto Christopher SteinhauserExecutive Director Superintendent of SchoolsApproved by:James NovakChief Business & Financial Officer
Exhibit A:
Cleveland ES Boundary Adjustment
Existing Cleveland ES BoundaryProposed Cleveland ES Boundary

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