The Santa Rosa City Schools board is expected today to once again vote on the closure of Doyle Park Elementary School. The vote comes just weeks after board members deadlocked over closing the school. But pressure to find a suitable campus for a French-American charter school has put the proposal to close Doyle Park back on the table.
A controversial proposal to close Doyle Park Elementary School, a move thought by some to be dead at least for this school year, will be brought back to the Santa Rosa City Schools board on March 14. Board President Larry Haenel confirmed Tuesday that the proposal would be placed on the agenda for next week’s meeting. The agenda will be released to the public on Friday.
Hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered Saturday in Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square, seeking support for public education in the face of looming budget cuts again this year. With the theme “Public Education Strengthens our Community,” about 200 people held signs aloft for drivers, listened to speakers and collected classroom supplies in the event sponsored by the Santa Rosa Teachers Association.
Public education needs more money. It needs to come from multiple sources. We need the state tax increase and quite possibly a local parcel tax.
A controversial proposal to close Doyle Park Elementary School failed Wednesday night after the Santa Rosa school board did not have enough votes to go forward. The proposal, which generated a huge community outburst after being presented last month, would have shuttered the 61-year-old campus at the end of the school year.
Santa Rosa City Schools is pressing forward with finding a new superintendent after accepting Sharon Liddell’s resignation late Wednesday. Liddell announced Friday that she is leaving the district after seven years as superintendent.
The city of Santa Rosa is one of five organizations bidding on a $1 million contract to run the after-school programs of the city’s largest school district. But some council members have questioned whether the city should be expanding its programs for low-income kids and competing against nonprofit organizations that offer similar services.
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.”
Santa Rosa City Schools took a first step Wednesday toward putting a tax measure before voters in November. While stopping short of agreeing to pay for a consultant to poll voters, the school board asked for more information on how a survey would be conducted and how to proceed with defining what the district would do with more money from a bond measure or parcel tax.
Facing $8.3 million in potential cuts in the upcoming school year, Santa Rosa City Schools officials are considering putting a tax measure before voters in November. “We are at a point of almost desperation,” school board member Tad Wakefield said. Would you pay more to fund local schools?