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Santa Rosa schools move forward on bond referendum

Santa Rosa City Schools officials are moving forward with plans to put a bond measure on the November ballot after a survey found voters likely to support projects aimed at upgrading and modernizing facilities and equipment.

Santa Rosa school board weighs bond measure or tax hike

Santa Rosa City Schools is considering pursuing a bond measure or parcel tax to offset deep cuts from Sacramento in recent years. The school board on Wednesday night discussed what remains in outstanding principal from voter-supported bonds dating back to 1991 and whether local voters would support another round of either taxes or bond repayments.

GUEST OPINION: The wide-ranging local impacts of education

During my campaign for the Santa Rosa school board, I was surprised at how many people said that they don’t follow local education and don’t vote in school board races because they don’t have school-age children.

Klose wins final Santa Rosa school board seat

In the final tally of November election ballots, Santa Rosa attorney Jenni Klose has won a seat on the Santa Rosa School Board, beating out fellow local attorney Brian Noble by 955 votes.

Closure of Doyle Park school resonates in Santa Rosa school board race

The issues motivating the five candidates vying for the Santa Rosa school board range from making smart budget choices to expanding pre-school education to fostering stronger ties between local schools and their surrounding neighborhoods.

Santa Rosa one of few school districts with contested race

Only a fraction of school board seats up for election this fall will be contested as most races have just enough contenders to fill the vacancies. There is competition for seats in just six districts, including Santa Rosa, as well as for two seats on the Sonoma County Board of Education. And nine districts could have board vacancies because not enough people filed paperwork to join the board. Sonoma County’s largest school district, Santa Rosa City Schools, has five contenders for four seats.

Santa Rosa City Schools names new superintendent

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.

Santa Rosa Schools still has cuts to make

Santa Rosa City Schools is still grappling with how to cut approximately $376,000 from its 2012-13 budget despite slashing the school year by six days and dropping the budget reserve from three percent to one percent. Cuts are expected to total $8.3 million from its $130 million budget when the board makes its final determination at the May 23 meeting.

Santa Rosa school board sued over Doyle Park closure

A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims last month’s Santa Rosa school board decision to close Doyle Park Elementary School and replace it with a French-American charter school was illegal and discriminates against the school’s predominantly Latino students. The suit, filed in Sonoma County Superior Court by attorneys representing the Doyle Park Committee for Education Equity, asks for a restraining order to halt closure efforts and seeks to overturn the board’s decision.

Santa Rosa school board to discuss legal challenge over Doyle Park vote

The Santa Rosa school board is scheduled to meet in closed session Thursday to discuss the ongoing threat of litigation over its controversial vote to close Doyle Park Elementary School to make way for a French-American charter school. The latest challenge came late last week when a Santa Rosa attorney said that board members violated open meetings requirements under the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law.

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