OFSVS Update #4 November 2010

Steve Trefethen just sent supporters the following message:

Hi Everyone,
Hope this latest update finds you all enjoying the Fall! The last OFSVS update was August 10th, 2010 and once again there has been quite a bit of activity related to the school district I’d like to bring to your attention. First, John Abel and Art Bubb won their bid for seats on the School Board.

Art Bubb ………. 2,846 votes 38.41%
John Abel ………. 2,710 votes 36.58%
Steve Smith ………. 1,815 votes 24.50%
(38 Total Other Write-In Votes 0.51%)

Community Forum Meetings

The Scotts Valley School District is sponsoring a series of community forums open to the public:

  • November 8 – 6pm Brook Knoll Elementary School Library
  • November 9 – 6:30p Scotts Valley High School Student Union
  • November 13 – 10am Scotts Valley Senior Center
  • November 15 – 1:30p Scotts Valley Middle School Room 8

Parcel Tax Committe Update

The Parcel Tax Committee continues to meet to try and make progress on determining the proper path to a ballot measure. The latest meeting was November 3rd, 2010 and the planning continues to move forward. The committee is in need of community members willing to help the District address the looming financial crisis. Placing a measure on the ballot for next year will require significant effort driven by community members as it is not an effort lead by the School Board. If you are interested in helping please contact me as we are in dire need of getting more people engaged to help save the District over the coming years.

OFSVS Members Update

There are now 34 people (up from 32) throughout Scotts Valley on this mailing! If you can please forward this message and help engage more people throughout our community.

Please let me know if you would like to see specific information posted to the site or if you’re interested in posting items of interest I’d be happy to work with you. As always please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you feel is interested.

OFSVS Blog Posts Since August

LA Times article on value added teacher scoring
SVUSD Itemized List of Potential Cuts for 2011-2012

Personal Note

In the interest of full disclosure it’s important to let you know my wife and I, after considerable deliberation, decided late in August to send our children to a private school. We remain committed to seeing a parcel tax effort move forward as well as working to grow OFSVS and improve communication throughout the District as we feel our Public schools are a vital resource for Scotts Valley.

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