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    Heidi's PAUSD School Board Newsletter - February 2015


    School Board Members gathered with the Measure A - Parcel Tax Campaign Committee to launch the effort to renew our current parcel tax for the next six years, with a $120 increase and continued two percent escalation, senior exemptions, and an independent oversight committee with annual audits.  The parcel tax represents about 7% of our budget, an estimated $12.4 million in 2014-15, and is a local source of funding for schools that cannot be taken away by the state.  The proposed increase of $2.3 million in revenue will allow the district to preserve core programs, keep class sizes small, support school libraries, and address new priorities including: equitable opportunities for all, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) initiatives, and health and wellness supports for students at all grade levels.  Make a donation, volunteer, and endorse Measure A on the website: www.SupportPaloAltoSchools.org.  Thank you for your continued support of our excellent schools!

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    Hays Visit - Chinese New Year Luncheon

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    I was invited to join the Walter Hays Elementary School teachers for a Chinese New Year luncheon, provided by some of the dedicated Chinese parents at the school.  Hays is one of my Liaison Schools this year and it was nice to catch up with the teachers and meet new parents.  The meal was homemade and delicious and the teachers appreciated a warm meal in the middle of their work day.  I was glad to meet some of the hardworking Special Education Aides at Hays and hear about a successful classified staff professional development opportunity around inclusion.  Principal Mary Bussmann thanked the parents for making it a truly special way to celebrate the Year of the Sheep!   

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    Los Altos Hills Town Council

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    This year, I will be the Liaison to the Los Altos Hills Town Council.  Superintendent Max McGee and I attended our first Council meeting on Monday, February 9th, 2015 and it was certainly an auspicious beginning.  After introducing ourselves, and after Dr. McGee outlined our District Vision and goals for the year, Councilmember John Radford warned us that the citizens of Los Altos Hills have been "bled to death" by the Palo Alto Unified School District and "receive little or nothing" in return for their property taxes.  Dr. McGee suggested that the Los Altos Hills students who attend PAUSD schools may have a different perspective to share.  Mayor Courtenay Corrigan ended the conversation a brief moment later by thanking Dr. McGee for providing a well-balanced and safe educational environment for "our most important asset: our youth."  Looking forward with some trepidation to my next visit to the Town Council.  (See the interaction live at: http://losaltoshills.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=266 just before the one-hour mark.)     





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