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MEMBERS OF THE BOARD LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Local District Northeast


STEVEN ZIMMER, PRESIDENT 8401 Arleta Avenue
MONICA GARCIA Sun Valley, California 91352
DR. GEORGE J. MCKENNA III Telephone: (818) 252-5400
MNICA RATLIFF Fax: (818) 252-5487
DR. REF RODRIGUEZ
LINDA DEL CUETO
SCOTT M. SCHMERELSON LOCAL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
DR. RICHARD A. VLADOVIC
ANDRES E. CHAIT
MICHELLE KING ADMINISTRATOR OF OPERATIONS
Superintendent of Schools
DR. JACK BAGWELL
ADMINISTRATOR OF INSTRUCTION

March 22, 2017

Dear Reed Middle School Community:

This letter is to address concerns that have been raised recently regarding Reed Middle Schools (Reed) change
in PHBAO (Predominantly Hispanic, Black, Asian, or Non-Anglo) status and its impact on class sizes and
positions.

A school qualifies for PHBAO status if 70 percent or more of its students who live within the schools attendance
boundary are identified as Hispanic, Black, Asian, or non-Anglo. Under a court-ordered integration program
that has been in place since 1978, PHBAO schools qualify for smaller class sizes and additional positions. When
a school no longer qualifies for PHBAO status, fewer positions are funded.

As of two years ago, the student population at Reed has been less than 70 percent Hispanic, Black, Asian, or
non-Anglo. The District continued to fund Reed for two years as if it were a PHBAO school, despite this change
in demographics, to facilitate a smoother transition to non-PHBAO status. For the 2017-2018 school year, the
District will fund Reed according to its appropriate status as a non-PHBAO school.

In order to maintain the continuity of instructional services to students and families within demographic and
budgetary realities, the District researched alternative funding models and has identified Reed as a "per-pupil
spending model" school. Under this model, Reed will retain more teachers than originally anticipated and
discussed at the March 15, 2017 community meeting. It is important to note that the schools nurse,
librarian, and counselor will not be impacted for the 2017-2018 school year.

We truly appreciate your ongoing support and collaboration as we work together to provide a seamless transition
to Reeds current non-PHBAO status based on its demographics.

If you have additional questions, please contact Local District Northeast Director Sandra Gephart Fontana at
(818) 252-5400. Again, thank you for your continued partnership.

Sincerely,

Linda Del Cueto


Local District Northeast Superintendent

c: Members, Board of Education


Michelle King, Superintendent
Alma Pea-Sanchez, Chief of Staff
David Holmquist, General Counsel
Cheryl Simpson, Co-Lead, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
John Walsh, Co-Lead, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Sandra Gephart Fontana, Director