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dublin water board to spend money to attract candidates – the mercury news


dublin — a water board for dublin and part of san ramon is going to spend money to encourage people to run against board incumbents in future elections.frustrated that no challengers stepped forward to run against incumbents in the last two elections, the dublin san ramon services district board approved several measures wednesday to drum up interest in board races.the district will offer a free citizens academy giving a crash course on the district’s functions to anyone who shows up. the district also will issue press releases and fliers announcing the start of candidate filing periods, produce a booklet on candidate requirements, and offer briefings on key district projects during board meetings.the measures are estimated to cost $5,000.






board vice president has missed meetings due to ‘serious illness’ – the mercury


danny lau, vice president of the milpitas unified school district board of education, has missed a couple  of recent board meetings because of “a serious illness,” the school district confirmed last week.lau didn’t attend the board’s jan. 24, feb. 28 or march 4 meetings.“danny lau has been absent since january due to a serious illness,” the district said in a statement on march 9.  “mrs. lau and his family asks that people respect their privacy, and allow them to focus on danny’s recovery at this time.”lau, 58, has lived in milpitas for more than 30 years. the tuv sud america auditor was first appointed to the board in 2011 and ran in 2012 to keep his seat. lau was re-elected in 2014 to a four-year term.board president daniel bobay said on march 9, “of course danny plays a vital role on ou






cupertino union: board to remove superintendent


cupertino union school district superintendent wendy gudalewicz will be “released” from her contract at the end of the current school year, the district board of education announced wednesday morning.the district announced the decision in a message sent out to staff, parents and the community that said that the board of education made the decision to release gudalewicz from her position effective june 30.gudalewicz’s final day on the job will come a little more than two years after she and the district chose to shakeup west valley elementary school by replacing every staff position at the school. the decision set off a wave of parent and community unrest in the district over various issues including a proposed teacher housing development at the luther school site and perceived support of c






el camino hospital board restructures by adding two appointed positions – the me


the el camino healthcare district board of directors gave itself a shakeup monday when it opted to add two appointed positions, thus creating equal representation between elected and appointed members.the board voted unanimously to restructure its makeup and rescind its ceo’s ability to vote on matters. the decision was a compromise to balance power between elected and appointed members.the board now has five elected members and five appointed. since 2012, the board had three appointed members, five directors elected by the public and a voting hospital ceo hired by the board.the board could have voted to keep its makeup the same or add two appointed hospital directors and reduce the number of elected directors to three. those scenarios would have kept the ceo as a voting member.according t






school board won’t keep superintendent, citing academics


columbus, miss. (ap) — a northeast mississippi school board is parting ways with the district’s superintendent.members of the columbus school board voted monday against extending the contract of superintendent philip hickman past june, saying the district’s poor academic rating is driving away students and teachers.instead, the commercial dispatch reports the board voted 3-2 to start looking for a new superintendent after a 90-minute closed meeting.the district was recently rated as a d by the state on an a-to-f scale.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weekssuperintendent since 2014, has faced questions over hiring family members and textbook purchases. he fired the columbus high school football coach last week without notifying the board.hickman’s two supporters questione






$4.5m budget error triggers investigation of shakopee schools


the shakopee school board is moving ahead with an independent investigation into the district after officials discovered a multimillion-dollar budget error. the school board approved an agreement with st. paul consulting firm, neuvest, to investigate the overall health of the district at their monday meeting.the district has faced heavy criticism from the community following an e-mail sent in march by district superintendent rod thompson notifying staff of the error that led to a $4.5 million budget shortfall.the error was revealed to the board in december by then-district finance director mike burlager. soon after, burlager announced his retirement.“recent events suggest that as an organization we should pause and look deeper into our system and operations,” scott swanson, board chairman,






cupertino schools boot lame-duck superintendent gudalewicz


sunnyvale — five weeks after the cupertino school board cut short the contract of superintendent wendy gudalewicz effective june 30, trustees on wednesday suddenly reached an agreement with her to leave immediately.at a hastily called special meeting wednesday afternoon, the board appointed chris jew and stacy mcafee as interim co-superintendents. jew is the district’s chief business officer and mcafee is associate superintendent of human resources. the board is about to launch a search for a new superintendent.board president anjali kauser did not return calls asking about the board’s turnabout on gudalewicz’s tenure. gudalewicz could not be reached for comment.district spokesman jeff bowman wrote in an email, “the board by a unanimous vote in closed session and the superintendent have jo






$4.5m budget error triggers investigation of shakopee schools


the shakopee school board is proceeding with an independent investigation into the district after officials discovered a multimillion-dollar budget error. the school board approved an agreement with st. paul consulting firm, neuvest, to investigate the health of the district at their monday meeting.the district has been heavily criticized in light of an e-mail sent in march by district superintendent rod thompson notifying staff of the error that led to a $4.5 million budget shortfall.the error was revealed to the board in december by then-district finance director mike burlager. soon after, burlager announced his retirement.“recent events suggest that as an organization we should pause and look deeper into our system and operations,” scott swanson, board chairman, said at monday’s meeting






valley stream high school district gives ok to sue for $2m


the board of education for valley stream’s central high school district on tuesday authorized its lawyers to sue one of its elementary districts, district 24, to recoup $2 million it is withholding, documents show.district 24 was to pay the high school district about $20.1 million from its tax levy by mid-may. but the district is keeping $2 million in an escrow account and it wants to see a change in budgeting practices related to payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements, known as pilots.most popularthe high school district voted earlier this month to ask the state education commissioner to intervene but the school board is concerned that it would take too long, superintendent bill heidenreich said.storyschool district withholds $2m over ida issuestoryschool district demands tax break info from






l.a. school board approves last-minute extension for supt. king


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






valley stream high school district gives ok to sue for $2m


the board of education for valley stream’s central high school district on tuesday authorized its lawyers to sue one of its elementary districts, district 24, to recoup $2 million it is withholding, documents show.district 24 was to pay the high school district about $20.1 million from its tax levy by mid-may. but the district is keeping $2 million in an escrow account and it wants to see a change in budgeting practices related to payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements, known as pilots.most popularthe high school district voted earlier this month to ask the state education commissioner to intervene, but the school board is concerned that it would take too long, superintendent bill heidenreich said.storyschool district withholds $2m over ida issuestoryschool district demands tax break info fro






bismarck school district adopts new governing model


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — a school board in north dakota’s largest school district is overhauling its governing model.the bismarck school board voted 4-1 earlier this month to hire colorado-based consultant aspen group international llc to revamp the board’s policies. the bismarck tribune reports that school board members will undergo a $50,000 training program and adopt a new model they say will bring clarity to their job duties and the role of the superintendent.the lone dissenting board member expressed concerns with the district’s budget constraints. the constraints come after lawmakers decided to freeze k-12 funding for the next two years.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.supporters say the new approach will help board members better serve the community.the school






$4.5 million budget error triggers investigation of shakopee schools


the shakopee school board is proceeding with an independent investigation into the district after officials discovered a multimillion-dollar budget error. the school board approved an agreement with st. paul consulting firm, neuvest, to investigate the health of the district at their monday meeting.the district has been heavily criticized in light of an e-mail sent in march by district superintendent rod thompson notifying staff of the error that led to a $4.5 million budget shortfall.the error was revealed to the board in december by then-district finance director mike burlager. soon after, burlager announced his retirement."recent events suggest that as an organization we should pause and look deeper into our system and operations," scott swanson, board chairman, said at monday's meeting






osseo schools cutting ties with peg diversity consultant


osseo school board members voted to end the district's contract with a racial-consulting group in a special meeting tuesday night.in a 4-2 vote, the board approved its achievement and integration plan and budget, which would end the district's five-year-old relationship with pacific educational group (peg) after the 2017-18 school year.the school board reached a stalemate over the future of its contract with peg on march 21 when voting on whether to move forward with its achievement and integration plan. community members, teachers and parents urged the board to continue its relationship with the consulting group.over the years, the district has relied on peg for its professional development services. the district now plans to develop more of its own equity work. in 2016-17, the district c






$4.5 million budget error triggers investigation of shakopee schools


the shakopee school board is proceeding with an independent investigation into the district after officials discovered a multimillion-dollar budget error. the school board approved an agreement with st. paul consulting firm, neuvest, to investigate the health of the district at their monday meeting.the district has been heavily criticized in light of an e-mail sent in march by district superintendent rod thompson notifying staff of the error that led to a $4.5 million budget shortfall.the error was revealed to the board in december by then-district finance director mike burlager. soon after, burlager announced his retirement.“recent events suggest that as an organization we should pause and look deeper into our system and operations,” scott swanson, board chairman, said at monday’s meeting






essential education: l.a. unified board extends michelle king's contract


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






essential education: l.a. unified board extends michelle king's contract


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






osseo school board votes to end contract with equity consulting group


osseo area school board members voted to end the district’s contract with a racial-consulting group in a special meeting tuesday night.in a 4-2 vote, the board approved its achievement and integration plan and budget, which would end the district’s five-year-old relationship with pacific educational group (peg) after the 2017-2018 school year.  the district came to a stalemate when voting on whether to move forward with the district’s achievement and integration budget and plan on march 21.  at the march meeting, community members, teachers and parents urged the board to continue its relationship with the consulting group.over the years, the district has relied on peg for its professional development services. the district now plans on developing more of its own equity work in-house. in 20






essential education: understanding the l.a. unified budget proposal


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






essential education: soaring demand for uc's immigrant legal services


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






essential education: 120 l.a. unified librarians, clerks and other administrator


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






calumet district 132 plans vote on removing board president over alleged miscond


the calumet school district 132 board, in a move without apparent legal precedent, plans to vote thursday on whether to oust its board president from her officer position.the decision to remove board president patricia carr, who has served in that capacity since last april's board reorganization, comes amid mounting strife on the school board, whose majority has turned against carr and board secretary synathia harris in recent months.since last september, the board majority has spent more than $20,000 to launch misconduct investigations into both board officers and taken actions to limit their power, records show.according to a special meeting agenda posted online earlier this week, the board will conduct a hearing thursday on "the charges of misconduct and performance deficiencies" agains






essential education: the u.s. department of education new civil rights enforceme


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






essential education: what the extension of michelle king's contract means


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






essential education: the politics of michelle king's contract extension


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






essential education: what the extension michelle king's contract means


in an effort to keep current district leadership in charge, a majority on the los angeles board of education has approved a contract extension for l.a. unified supt. michelle king.the 6-1 vote to extend king's contract to june 2020 occurred as two new board members are poised to take office next month, shifting the board majority to one that was heavily backed by supporters of charter schools. neither of the new board members has indicated that they want to replace king — nor have any current board members — but choosing and evaluating the superintendent is a primary function of the board. in large urban districts, it's fairly common for a new board, or a board with a new majority, to want to pick its own leader.school board president steve zimmer said the decision had more to do with the






'one of the saddest, most depressing moments': norridge district 80 board votes


norridge school district 80 board members voted reluctantly tuesday night to eliminate the district's band program beginning next school year. officials cited the need to act on the district's precarious financial situation, as well as a lack of desire by community members to pay a fee, as factors in the move.in a special meeting at leigh school, board members voted 6-1 to eliminate the program in the 2018-19 school year.several board members said the district had run out of options after two failed referendum questions and added that the failure to act could put the schools deeper in the hole."the problem does not go away," said board member tim ludston. "there are going to be more cuts in the future, we're going to be in a deficit again. and procrastinating and putting it off and not dea






osseo schools set to end contract with racial-equity consultant


citing cost, the osseo area school board is poised to end a five-year-old consulting contract with a group that advises the district on how to lessen racial disparities and narrow an achievement gap.the board has said it intends to conduct in-house the kind of work that pacific educational group (peg) has helped with since 2012.school board members have said that the district, where students of color make up more than half the enrollment, can no longer support a 2016-17 cost of $152,000 for peg's services. at its tuesday night meeting, the board appeared likely to cease contracting with peg after the 2017-18 school year."our school board, as recently as the march 7 work session, have all expressed support for our work," said superintendent kate maguire. "the one place where they are less c






the times recommends: chelsea byers for seattle school board district 7


voters should retire betty patu from the seattle school board and replace her with chelsea byers.chelsea byers, former classroom teacher and current administrator for an adult education program, is the best candidate for school board in district 7. chelsea byersseattle school board district 7strengths: sharp financial knowledge, new ideas to push the district beyond its budget problems and lack of progress in closing the achievement gap, experience teaching in an inner-city school district.when the next school board hires a superintendent, byers said she would look for someone focused on research-backed strategies for closing the achievement gap and with experience moving the needle for struggling kids."voters should elect byers over incumbent betty patu.patu has given eight years on the b






amin fazal sworn onto board of education – the mercury news


amin fazal, a longtime resident and district volunteer, was sworn onto milpitas unified school district’s board of education tuesday.fazal will serve out the remainder of vice president danny lau’s term on the board which ends in 2018. lau passed away on march 20 after battling an undisclosed illness.fazal, 43, was previously selected as a finalist out of a pool of applicants by lau and board president daniel bobay to fill now-councilman bob nunez’s spot on the board after he was elected to the council in november. robert jung, another longtime district volunteer, was ultimately selected to fill nunez’s remaining term on the board, which also ends in 2018.the board decided to use the list curated by lau and appoint the person with the second highest score, fazal, to that spot.superintenden






hold your outrage — the lausd board deserves a big raise


the pay raise that an independent panel just awarded the l.a. unified school district board is eye-popping, for sure. the members’ annual compensation will come fairly close to tripling, with the full-timers on the board seeing a raise from $45,627 to $125,000.the public could understandably see this as wild; it is a little wild. in a school district that barely patches its annual budget together, where the students’ needs add up to much more than the inflow of dollars, where the board has certainly made plenty of bad mistakes, the people at the top suddenly will see their pay blossom to comfortable new levels.and yet, it’s the right thing to do.we could quibble over the exact amount: should a board member make as much as the most experienced teachers? as much as a principal? more than a s






hold your outrage — the lausd board deserves a big raise


the pay raise that an independent panel just awarded the l.a. unified school district board is eye-popping, for sure. the members’ annual compensation will come fairly close to tripling, with the full-timers on the board seeing a raise from $45,627 to $125,000.the public could understandably see this as wild; it is a little wild. in a school district that barely patches its annual budget together, where the students’ needs add up to much more than the inflow of dollars, where the board has certainly made plenty of bad mistakes, the people at the top suddenly will see their pay blossom to comfortable new levels.and yet, it’s the right thing to do.we could quibble over the exact amount: should a board member make as much as the most experienced teachers? as much as a principal? more than a s






chicago school board approves $5.6 billion budget


chicago (ap) — the chicago board of education has approved a $5.6 billion budget that includes roughly $225 million in tax hikes and authorization of more than $1 billion in debt.the budget passed wednesday also authorizes an additional $2.5 million for consultants, including several linked to schools ceo forrest claypool, and $38 million more for chicago’s charter schools.cps now is authorized to spend up to $28 million on services such as audits and facilities analysis.chief financial officer gail ward told the board private consultants have helped the district save about $87 million out of about $200 million in savings the district has claimed it achieve.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.demonstrators outside the board meeting demanded the resignation of claypool






district 64 approves superintendent's request for $75k to boost administrator sa


park ridge-niles school district 64 superintendent laurie heinz said during monday night's special board meeting that the district's administrators "without a doubt" deserve raises.the district's board of education ultimately voted unanimously to allocate a total of $75,000 to be distributed among 19 administrators — $57,000 will be allocated based upon employee performance evaluations, and the remaining $18,000 will be dispensed as market adjustments to administrators who heinz said are paid below market in comparison to comparable districts, which include arlington heights district 25, glenview district 34, wilmette district 39, deerfield district 109 and libertyville district 70.the salary increases are retroactive to july 1.the board's decision came after more than an hour of debate, a






libertyville school district convenes ethics panel to review election-related co


a candidate who unsuccessfully ran for a spot on the libertyville school district 70 board of education has filed ethics complaints with the district accusing the school board president, superintendent and teachers union president of breaking school board prohibitions against political activities and using district email accounts for political activities.a newly formed three-person ethics commission is scheduled to reconvene on june 20 following an initial may 31 session. the formation of the commission came after libertyville resident josh gordon filed a complaint on april 21 to superintendent guy schumacher and followed up with an addendum on may 16 to chris kennedy, a school board and, now, ethics commission member.the complaints accused district employees of sending out election-relate






cupertino schools boot lame-duck superintendent gudalewicz


sunnyvale — five weeks after cutting short the contract of superintendent wendy gudalewicz effective june 30, the cupertino school board on wednesday abruptly forced her to leave — immediately.at a hastily called special meeting wednesday afternoon, the board appointed chris jew and stacy mcafee as interim co-superintendents. jew is the district’s chief business officer and mcafee is associate superintendent of human resources. the board is about to launch a search for a new superintendent.board president anjali kauser did not return calls asking about the board’s turnabout on gudalewicz’s tenure. gudalewicz could not be reached for comment.the district announced march 15 that it and gudalewicz were parting ways by mutual agreement. but the board has come under fire for allowing her to sta






farro, mushroom, and spinach soup recipe


if you haven’t met farro yet, let me introduce you.farro is an ancient grain with long-ago origins in western asia. it has an earthy, nutty flavor and a chewy texture that works well in everything from winter soups to hearty salads.italian cooks have enjoyed this grain for years, and it’s beginning to catch on here, too. give it a try in this hearty, but easy, meal of cooked farro, sautéed mushrooms, and greens!as farro’s popularity has grown, it’s become easier to find it in stores. look for pearled farro (perlato), which is quick-cooking.be sure to read the package carefully when buying. other grades of the grain are only semi-pearled or whole, and these retain the tough husks and take longer to cook, sometimes requiring an overnight soak in water. (also, don’t confuse farro with spelt,