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School Superintendent 'Breathes a Sigh of Relief' with Prop 30 Approval

Brian Marshall: "With the reelection of Board members (Emma) Turner and (Bill) Baber the community has voiced their approval of the current district path."

With the retention of incumbents Emma Turner and Bill Baber to the La Mesa-Spring Valley school board, voters decided on Tuesday to keep together a group that has served consecutively for years.

Turner, who has been involved with the District since 1998 in a variety of roles, was the top vote-getter, winning 37.3 percent of the vote. Baber, who was first elected to the board in 2004, finished second with 35.2 percent.

They received a challenge from Jay Steiger an active parent with the Mt. Helix Council of PTAs, and a frequent Patch blogger. Steiger won 27.5 percent of the vote.

Baber said of his win: “The results show that our community has confidence in our School Board’s focus on improving test scores and protecting taxpayers.”  

The District did have widespread improvement of its API test scores based on results released last month by the state.

Baber also said [La Mesa-Spring Valley] was the first district in the County to enact a bond purchase policy that exceeds the tough standards set by the County Treasurer and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

"I am honored by the support of the voters," he added. "I want to thank all the volunteers who walked precincts, donated money, signed post cards, and made phone calls for this victory."

Turner and Steiger had received endorsements from the La Mesa-Spring Valley Teachers Association.

Superintendent Brian Marshall said the retention of the incumbents illustrates that voters think the district is on the right path for success.

"Strong consistent leadership is one of the hallmarks of a high performing school district," said Marshall. "With the reelection of Board members Turner and Baber the community has voiced their approval of the current district path – a path that led to the highest improvement in Language Arts scores in San Diego County and the second highest improvement in Math, seven California Distinguished Schools in the last three years, and a sound budget."

And speaking of the budget, Marshall said that he glad the Proposition 30 tax measure passed. In an email sent out to faculty and staff of the district, Marshall wrote:

"This is great news for public education in California and our district! With 30 passing we will avoid the $5.4 million in new cuts to LMSV.  However, the passage of 30 does not begin to restore the cuts that have occurred over the past years - we are still over $25 million below our best budget from 2006-07.

For now, we can breathe a sigh of relief and, by avoiding any new cuts, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.  The rest of this year will still be tight as the tax revenues have not been collected yet – we will still need loans to cover cash flow and will still need to watch our spending. We should receive a significant payment over the summer (if the tax projections hold), so next year should be better.  

Hopefully, we are on the path to an education funding recovery!"

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Komfort November 09, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I didn't see this coming: http://www.examiner.com/article/adios-california-boeing-to-shutter-plants
Mark November 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
You're putting a lot of faith in Sacramento, 2 sides. I hope you're right about retaining the 15 days, but only time will tell. Prop 30 language left it wide open for our schools and classrooms to not get a single penny. I want to see smaller class sizes; it's highly doubtful 30 will fix that. 38 monies would have gone directly to the individual schools, not Sacramento. I don't blame the teachers for this one; I blame their union heads. They did their profession a disservice by not telling the facts about the two props.
Stan November 09, 2012 at 04:11 AM
We have lost businesses large and small because we had the highest sales taxes in the country before Prop 30. The public employees own the legislature. It all started with Willie Brown and the teachers back in the 70's. Teachers have learned how to own the governor as well. And now the quasi-govt monopolies like HWD have learned the same tricks. Increasing pay and benefits for public employees while private enterprise employees have a drop in standard of living every year. Now we spend more on prisions than on education. The prision employees have an even better deal with less education required. The point is that this is unsustainable. We have a 20 billion deficit and it will increase as tax revenue falls. The economy is a fantasy - it's going to get worse until those that take realize that those who produce pay the bills. You can't tax your way out of this. It just increases the unfairness. The middle class is squeezed by the wealthy who will compensate for increased taxes by raising prices and the public employees - the middle class cannot increase their income to compensate for increased taxes. Enjoy it while you can.
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