Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Big news

For the very few among you who haven't read it somewhere else first, LASD and BCS announced a tentative deal at our board meetings last night. This marks an historic moment for us, in that we are moving closer and closer to a long term facilities agreement that will allow both groups to focus their energies where they belong- on the kids.

There is still substantial work to be done, and we heard from the Egan community tonight about their concerns. I expect to hear from other schools as we conduct outreach to discuss the deal also. We still have to negotiate the details with BCS, and the clock is still ticking. We need to complete this quickly. However, for the time being, I'm very pleased that we have reached at least this point in the discussion.

We also received some news about the possible success of a bond measure. The experts tell us that there is education and outreach to be done. However, they also pointed out that 64% of the respondents indicated they would support a bond over the course of the survey. It wasnt all perfect, but there is room for us to engage the community in a dialogue about what we would like to do and to try to build the support we need for passage. We will need to figure out how to translate that into more concrete action moving forward.

I would like to express my thanks to the members of both the LASD and BCS negotiating teams. We have a lot of ground to cover, but I believe we are on a good path.