A Story by Michele Kreinheder | Updated 09/4/2014 3:16pm
Maybe it was because I have missed the last two months but last night’s Chat-with-Pat was super fun.
First we met Gail Tweed the new librarian of the Los Altos Branch. She quickly excused herself to get back to work, since technically she was at work.
East Division Commander Paul LeBaron was first to speak and quickly addressed the start of the new school year with the need for safety awareness. LeBaron then introduced CSU Police Department Captain Christopher Schivley. CSULB is working hard to decrease the traffic through education, signage (yes, those plastic placards off of Atherton came from them) and incentive programs (free bus passes and employee pay not bringing a car to campus).
If we have complaints we are to call his office directly at 562-985-4101. Another avenue (no pun intended) for complaints or concerns is to call Jeff Klaus in Student Services at 562-985-4181.
Here is a breakdown of information from O’Donnell:
Budget passed on Tuesday. Increase of $350,000 for public safety. 5% of one time revenue will be used to pay off long term debt.
Belmont Pool to be razed and leveled at a cost of $12 million. Meeting open to the public on September 17 at Rodger's Middle School at 5:30 concerning rebuilding. Pool built in the 60s on wooden piers. O’Donnell quipped, “they did a lot of crazy things in the 60s”.
Free Harbor Cruise on September 25. Call 4th District office at 562-570-6918 to reserve a spot.
Finally the woman we had all been waiting for, Jane Close Conoley was introduced! She gave a quick overview of how she ended up at CSULB. She was pleased to report that she is taking over a well run university and spoke of the college’s strong commitment to the community. She proudly announced women’s soccer is now ranked 23rd in the nation. It is her hope that the arts and sports programs will be the ties that bind us. She also said, “It’s not easy to live next to us” and she too encouraged us to contact Dean of Students with concerns. Conoley then graciously gave the floor to Lou Anne Bynum the Vice-President of Long Beach City College.
Ms. Bynum, who is also a Harbor Commissioner did an excellent job succinctly covering the news from City College. She spoke positively about the College Promise Pathway that tracks and identifies students within the Long Beach school system, calling it Link Learning. She concluded with a heartfelt Go Vikings!
Also in attendance, and introduced twice which made for chuckles, were Ginny Baxter an Executive Director at LBCC, and Board of Education members Megan Kerr of the 1st District and Diana Craighead of the 5th District.
Last to speak was Superintendent Chris Steinhauser and he had a whole bunch of news to report. McBride now has 400 students. Hill will be renamed Sato and be a replica of the successful CAMS High School on the CSUDH campus. Browning site at Hill and Redondo scheduled to open in 2016 with concentration on Tourism and Hospitality.In 2017 Mary Butler, located close to the LBCC PCH campus will be an early college high school. The third CAMS type high school will open on the Jordan campus in 2021. Meanwhile Jordan is being completely upgraded. Also in 2016 Newcomb and Roosevelt will re-open. There were 200 new employees hired this year. High School juniors will take free PSAT, and SAT tests. The fee for all AP tests will be just $5. There was $350 million lost in funding due to recession. String teachers were rehired for third grade instruction, meaning the arts and still alive. Next Chris spoke about the new Common Core and comments from other attendees made it sound like a good change, but like all things involving change, painful.
Ginny Baxter stood up and gave a plug for Open Houses at the LBCC Planetarium. I couldn’t find an active link for the shows but how interesting that there is a planetarium at LBCC!
Go figure, a meeting with all the educational leaders in the city was super educational. Kudos to Chris S on his tie selection. I thought the cookies were a bit stale but the container was delivered back empty and no one complained. Hope you liked this re-cap and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at 562-243-2171. I may not have the answer but will surely be able to point you in a direction.