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Pink slips, enrollment projections on school board agenda

By From page A5 | February 15, 2012

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What: Davis Board of Education meeting

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

Watch it: Live on Davis cable Channel 17, and as live streaming video at www.djusd.tv

The Davis school board will consider a new resolution authorizing layoff notices for another 50.1 full-time-equivalent positions — one way the school district could grapple with its stubborn $3.5 million structural deficit — when the trustees meet Thursday night.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. It will be carried live on Davis cable Channel 17, and as live streaming video online at www.djusd.tv.

In December, the school district authorized potential layoff notices for another 86 positions, in the event that Davis area voters turn down Measure C. The parcel tax would continue generating $6.5 million annually for the next five years, to replace Measures Q and W, which expire in June.

District staff are expected to discuss the new layoff resolution Thursday, as well as other alternatives to bring the deficit under control.

The meeting also will include a new batch of enrollment projections from Davis Demographics, the Southern California firm that the district has worked with for several years. The 293-page report shows Davis’ enrollment peaking at 8,827 students in 2002-03. A total of 8,543 students are enrolled this academic year.

The projections indicate the possibility of a slight dip in enrollment during the next three years, with the possibility that the numbers could come back up to the current level in 2016-17.

There are stirrings of activity in the new home construction market, with small infill projects containing new homes either under way or approved for construction in several parts of town.

UC Davis is expected to move forward with a new batch of homes for faculty and staff this summer in West Village. And the much-discussed Cannery project — which would involve several hundred homes on the former Hunt-Wesson/ConAgra property along Covell Boulevard — is moving through the draft environmental impact report phase.

Elsewhere on the agenda, the school board will:

* Hear a report on the proposed restructuring of secondary summer school for junior high students. The proposal would move the program away from a remedial emphasis, with the goal of creating a program that “supports students and better prepares them for the coming year.”

* Hear a presentation from the Davis Adult School, which is seeking to become financially independent of the school district’s general fund budget.

* Hear an update from the Green Schools Subcommittee.

* Vote for a candidate in the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly. Davis school board president Susan Lovenburg is a candidate.

* Consider a three-year expulsion plan, which needs to be approved to bring the school district into compliance with state law.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or (530) 747-8055.

Jeff Hudson

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