April 2010

From the Superintendent

April, 2010

 

Dear Parents and Community Members,

 

As we begin the month of April this should be a time of optimism and positive energy as we enter into the final months of the school year, especially in a district such as ours where there is so much to celebrate. Unfortunately,  we find ourselves instead spending far too much time working on the challenges of a budget that is putting at risk many of our programs and services, forcing larger class sizes, and leaving many staff members uncertain about their future employment. We even have some schools that literally face the loss or displacement of most of their teachers if they happen to be a school staffed by more recently hired employees.  

 

If this all sounds familiar it should, as we faced a very similar situation last year. But unlike last year, we will not be saved by Federal stimulus dollars that allowed us to get through this current school year. Additionally, we face the impact of the budget situation “piling on” as not only did we face the loss of revenue for this school year, we face the loss of another $400+ per student for next school year as well.

 

I’m convinced that part of the frustration people feel is based on a desire to blame someone. Whether it is those “legislators in Sacramento," the “administrative overhead,” “the Governor” or “the unions," everyone seems to want to find someone or some group to blame, when in reality it is the economy, plain and simple. The fact is that California is in a terrible recession and our school district does not have the luxury of escaping the impact of this reality.  Tax revenue is down for the state and as a “ward of the state” we are experiencing a very real reduction in funding for the school district.

 

At this point we have no choice but to either have services and programs reduced with the resulting loss of jobs, or to have salary concessions (furlough days) from our employees to offset the loss of revenue. Neither of these options pleases me, as our employees deserve the salaries they receive, and yet, I have concluded that concessions from all employees is the right thing to do for the children we serve and for a community that has supported us during good times and bad. In addition, the potential loss of so many jobs and the total disruption that this causes are totally incompatible with the mission of this outstanding school district.

 

To this end please know that we are continuing to meet with our employee associations and unions, with good faith conversations taking place. These are difficult conversations with differing views coming from our employees, all of whom are good and decent people.  We are, however, nearing a place where decisions must be made. The Board of Education and I remain cautiously optimistic that a mutual resolution can soon be secured.

 

Thank you for reading and thank you for your support of our school district.

 

Sincerely,

 

Steven Enoch

Superintendent of Schools  

San Ramon Community Fair TONIGHT!

Every summer, parents wonder what they are going to do to keep their children busy. Well, wonder no more. Everything ranging from music and sports camps, Bollywood dance lessons and cultural exchange programs, kids crafts and academic tutoring, to child care services and State park adventures, can be found at the 8th Annual San Ramon Valley Community Fair. The Fair will be held March 31, 2010 at Iron Horse Middle School from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Community Fair provides a "one-stop-shop" for families to meet face-to-face with various groups that provide summer and fall programs and activities. This year the Community Fair will feature activities/programs for all children...as well as volunteer opportunities for families and youth. This event is FREE to the public...and is appropriate for families with pre-schoolers thru high school graduates. Hope to see you there!

 

Education Foundation to dish out more than $87,000 in grants

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation will hand out more than $87,000 in grant funds at its Grant Awards Celebration on April 12th. Some of the funded requests include document cameras, interactive white boards and other 21st Century classroom technologies, as well as programmable robots and programs that enhance students’ mapping skills. 

 “The partnership we have with the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is critical for us,” said Steve Enoch, Superintendent of Schools for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. “Particularly during these economic times, to provide nearly $90,000 to our schools and teachers is nothing short of amazing.” 

The SRVEF Board of Directors received more than 200 grant requests for the 2010-11 school year. The Foundation awarded 84 grants for a total of $87,701 in funding, more than double the amount awarded the previous year. Over the course of its 26-year history, the SRVEF has given more than $2.5 million in supplemental funds to SRVUSD schools. 

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.srvef.org

 

2010-11 Enrollment Now Open for Grades K-12

Enrollment for the 2010-11 school year for new families is now open for all grades, Kindergarten through 12. Families are asked to enroll their children at their resident school. Parents can download enrollment forms before going to their resident school. To download the forms, go to the district website or paste the following link into your browser:

http://www.srvusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=42574&type=d&rn=1867042.

 

Congratulations to all Student Recognition Project Winners and Honorable Mentions

The SRVUSD Business/Education Roundtable Student Recognition Project has concluded, and over 100 students will be honored at the gala breakfast on April 1st.

Click here for the list of project winners and honorable mentions.

The program is coordinated by the San Ramon Valley Business and Education Roundtable and sponsored, in part, by Chevron. The purpose of the program is to create collaboration among students, educators and the business community in the San Ramon Valley, to promote educational excellence, and to prepare students for the business world of the 21st century.

Categories include: Acting, Applied Design, Architecture, Automotive, Computer Aided Drafting, Community Service, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Digital Art (*new category), Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneur, Fashion Design, Financial Planning/Investment, Instrumental Music, Journalism, Photography-Digital, Photography-Film, Poetry (*new category), Robotics, Science, Video Production, Visual Arts (Black&White), Visual Arts (Color), Vocal Music, Web Design

 

Lights! Camera! Action! Call for Middle School Filmmakers!

Is your middle school student interested in videos, filmmaking, digital media, or acting? Middle school students in the San Ramon Valley are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Street Smarts “Be Reel!” Video Contest this Spring.  For the valley-wide competition, students may work individually or in teams of up to four students to produce creative 60-second public service announcement (PSA) videos on the topic of “Safety on Wheels”- middle school students using their bicycle, skateboard or scooter safely.

All participants will receive great prizes!  For the first prize winners, each member of the winning team will receive an iPod Nano with digital docking station.  For the second prize winners, each member of the video production team will receive an iPod shuffle.  Each student participant will receive a $5 gift card for entering a video.  Advisors will receive a $20 gift card for assisting a student or team, and contest finalists will each receive a $25 gift card.

All videos will be judged based on content, creativity and clarity.  Finalist videos from the contest will be screened at the Danville International Children’s Film Festival. Videos will be accepted through April 5, 2010.  Complete rules and additional information about the contest is available online at www.streetsmarts-srv.com.

 

Important Dates

  • June 7-10: Final Exam Week
  • June 8: Board of Education Meeting, 7PM, SRVUSD Education Center
  • June 10: Last Day of School (Minimum Day)
  • June 11: High School Graduation/Teacher Work Day
  • June 18: First Day of Summer School (check district website)
  • June 29: Board of Education Meeting, 7PM, SRVUSD Education Center
  • August 23: First Day of School for 2010-11
  • For more information, visit www.srvusd.net