This is the second month in a row that Patrick O’Donnell has been absent, therefore the title change. To his credit, he draws a full room in the Los Altos Library’s meeting room, without even showing up! Bridget Sramek did a great job running the show.
East Division Commander Paul LeBaron was first to the lecture. He was looking a bit hot and bothered, but who would blame him since the air conditioning was out at the Commander Center on a day that saw temps in the 90s. He urged everyone to pay attention when driving since it was the first week of school. This is not Grand Prixe week! There is a juvenile truancy sweep scheduled for this week - kids can no longer sleep till noon and some believe attending school is not a good alternative.
Next up to the lecture was Terri Griffith a representative with the non-profit group Rebuilding Together
that offers home repairs and modification at no cost to the elderly and low-income. Many in the audience remembered the programs original name of Christmas in April (or was it May). She was looking for us to help in three ways. 1. Refer someone. 2. Volunteer with skilled and unskilled help. 3. Donate Money
Finally the most anticipated speaker of the night Chris Steinhauser, our Long Beach Superintendent of Schools took his turn. This meeting fell on the first day of school year so it was very nice of him to take time from his busy schedule. Here are some of the fun facts he quoted.
-Over 80,000 students were in attendance with just half having air conditioning.
-The new high school McBride, which replace DeMille Middle School, opened with 210 students but has a capacity of 800+. The three pathways offered are Engineering, Legal & Medical.
-Next new school to open will be at Redondo and Hill Street with pathways of Hospitality and Tourism.
-Roosevelt has a medical clinic that is used by the entire community.
-Mary Butler located by LBCC PCH Campus has an early college program.
-CAMS has the 4th highest SAT scores in the nation and highest in California.
-All high schools will have open enrollment.
-All schools (67) will have new computer labs by this year.
-No more CST Test but will move to new testing (computer required)
-Long Beach to receive 17 million in grant money.
-Full budget can be found on LBUSD Website.
-Today that are just 400 bused students.
-5% of students are enrolled in private school.
Chris spoke also about the funding and accountability guidelines coming out of Sacramento but it was far too complex for this little ditty of a report. Click here
for full budget breakdown.
He concluded by taking questions from the audience. This was the second month there was a large contingency from the Art Craft Neighborhood at the meeting to talk about the traffic and parking problems at Buffum School, located just off Stearns and Lakewood.
Bridget concluded the meeting with two community announcements.
- Neil Diamond impersonator perform last concert in the park on Friday, September 20 at the Whaley Park (recreation building side of Atherton)
-Mobul, the new store located on Bellflower next to Goodyear, will have its Grand Opening of Friday, September 12 at 2:30.
Michele K & Team
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