Santa Rosa City Schools is examining the options of reinstating up to three classroom days to the current school year and returning the budgetary reserve to 3 percent in the wake of Proposition 30′s passage last week. Proposition 30 temporarily increases the state sales tax by a quarter-cent and income taxes on the wealthy by 1 to 3 percent, staving off what Gov. Jerry Brown said would have been $4.8 billion in cuts to K-12 education in the current school year.
Santa Rosa City Schools has tapped Santa Clara educator Socorro Shiels as the district’s new superintendent. Shiels, who turns 41 Thursday, currently is assistant superintendent of educational services in the Morgan Hill Unified School District, located south of San Jose and a little more than half the size of the Santa Rosa district. She replaces Sharon Liddell, whose resignation is effective June 30, ending nine years with the district.
More than 45 teaching positions across Sonoma County could be eliminated next fall as districts deal with the uncertainty of a proposed state tax measure on the November ballot and ongoing cuts from Sacramento. The Sonoma County Office of Education also has warned that about 40 more of its positions could either be lost or cut back for the 2012-13 school year.
Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Sharon Liddell announced Friday she will resign effective June 30. Liddell, who turns 65 next month, has been with Sonoma County’s largest school district since 2003. She became superintendent in 2005. “This is something I have been thinking about for a number of months,” she said. “I have some goals I’d like to achieve.”