This page is an accessible alternate version (AAV) of the State Board of Education July 2009 Waiver Item 40 Attachment 6 (PDF; 57KB; 1pp.).
Danny D. Gilmore
Assembly Member, Thirtieth District
Vice Chair, Natural Resources Budget
Budget Subcommittee #3
Select Committee On Foster Care
Joint Committee On Fairs, Allocation, and Classification
Recieved July 5, 2009 by CDE Waiver Office
P.O. BOX 9426-18
SACRAMENTO, CA 94248-0030
1489 WEST LACEY BLVD., SUITE 103
HANFORD, CA 93230
May 20, 2009
State Board of Education
1430 "N" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Judy Pinegar, Waiver Office
Dear Members of the State Board of Education,
This letter supports supports the actions of the Delta View Jt. Union School District Board of Trustees in its submission of a general waiver allowing the district to consider lapsation.
Since 2005, the district has struggled to seat a full school board of trustees, continues to experience declining enrollment, and fails to employ a school superintendent beyond a one-year contract. The district is about five miles from a neighboring school district, which offers a complete educational program and most importantly, is willing to service the Delta View student population.
On May 7, 2009, the California Board of Education took action on the Charter Renewal application for the Delta View Jt. Union School District. The State Board denied Delta View's charter renewal. The reason for denial was in part due to declining student test scores for the past five years. This denial means that the Delta View Jt. Union School District will experience a 50% reduction in its student population for the 2009-10 school year and students attending Delta View on an inter-district transfer will be required to return to their district of residence. This will leave Delta View with approximately 40 students residing in the Delta View Jt. Union School District for the 2009-10 school year.
These projections require staff to plan for less than ideal learning situations for students. Additionally, there will be a sifnificant financial impact. The employment of an administrator, teaching staff, clerical assistance, and bus transportation for the 2009-10 school year will cost the district significantly more than they will be generate in revenue.
As a member of the Cailfornia State Assembly, I am interested in helping my constituents in whatever reasonable way possible. I also believe in the principle of local control. The leadership of the Detla View Jt. Union School District has taken appropriate actions to meet the unique needs of their student population. For this reason I ask that the board of trustees and the Kings County Committee on School Redistricting have the flexibility to consider lapsation.
Danny D. Gilmore
Assembyman 30th District