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Budget Workshop - Public Feedback

At the the Budget Workshop on January 15, 2020, we asked the public for feedback on the following:
  • Questions/comments about the budget
  • Ongoing revenue generating ideas
  • Program reductions that would most significantly alter the MBUSD experience
  • What have we missed?
  • Questions/comments about the budget
    • How can we get the Federal government to fund special ed at the level they are supposed to? (added comment: “THIS”)
    • Vote
    • Move arts, music, etc., to MBX or after school program model
    • Review how SELPA is distributing money – can it improve
    • Review Shared Use Agreement to ↑ $
    • Leverage MBX. They can absorb the zero period students
    • Please consider some form of a block schedule before removing zero period or gutting quality elective programs (i.e., ending elementary feeder programs). Without the quality elective options (MUN, Orchestra, etc.) We absolutely would have sent our children to private schools. We are proud MBEF supporters who care deeply about education but it has to meet our children’s needs with programming that cultivates their passions and connects them to their school community.
    • What does $600,000 in Counseling look like? Is that all certificated staff, or are there other places to cut that I’m missing?
    • Is the out-of-district therapist part of counseling, or is that a different budget?
    • Is the LCSW part of counseling?
    • If counseling positions are cut, who’s decision is it to determine a new structure of caseloads and sites? Is that something that would come from the DO or Principals? For example, if 4 MBUSD counselors are cut, how do we know how many positions are MBMS and how many are MCHS? And at MCHS specifically, how do we know CCC, student support or academic?
    • When you say reducing zero period, do you mean that we will no longer offer classes during zero period or do you mean that we will not allow students to sign up for more than 6 classes? Some students choose to do their core classes periods 0-4 so that they can go to a job or SCROC. They still only have 5 or 6 classes, but zero period is essential. You’d likely need to speak with the music department, which requires students to take 2 band classes.
    • How does a job share effect pension? I thought that your pension was equated based on your salary for the last 3 years of working. If you job share close to retirement, would your pension go down?
  • Ongoing revenue generating ideas
    • How do we get the entire community of Manhattan Beach to participate in school funding. Our schools are the backbone of MB.
    • Recruit for enrollment increases
    • Raise $ of preschool?
    • Rotating socio-emotional assistant principal
    • Make some electives or foreign language as add on “pay to play” + $$
    • Incentivize job share/furloughs for the most senior & expensive teachers
    • Encourage parents to email city council to increase shared use agreement
    • Run some special programs through MBX after/before school
    • Library open only every other week
    • Increase revenue from use of school sites – events, sports,etc.
    • Another space for Montessori, maybe at Robinson
    • Increase ADA by 1%
    • Grants to fund special ed
    • Naming rights – donation to name areas – gym, science lab, courtyards, classrooms. Beverly Hills does this. (added comments: “” “fields hallways benches” “like new gym!”)
    • Incremental sales or utility tax to fund schools’
    • Open teacher classrooms for EDP so that will hopefully increase enrollment
    • Line item specific benefactor
    • Can school districts hold more official fundraisers?
    • Volunteers in Library or PE
    • Ask real estate agents to study correlation between home values and MBUSD performance. Use that data to engage broader MBUSD community to donate and support additional parcel tax
    • Increase EDP enrollment . . . use teacher classrooms
    • I heartily welcome an increase in permit students at the elementary level = more $ and the big bonus of increased diversity
    • Pay for play like makerspace after school
    • Performing Arts magnet school to attract students
    • District permits
    • Permit more kids
    • I believe that structured RTI at the middle and high school level would lower Special Education costs
    • Offer job-shares for counselors
    • Make high school sports after school programs instead of part of the school day, parents could pay for these programs and get support from MBX
    • We could reduce the number of High School credits required to 220 from 230 (electives form 85 to 75). Allow juniors to take a 5 period day. (PVPUSD does this)
  • Program reductions that would most significantly alter the MBUSD experience
    • Special ed Inclusion! (added comment: “Yes! 😊)
    • Professional development for teachers
    • High class sizes
    • PE in elementary is critical – by experienced educators in the craft
    • VAPA is the character of our district!
    • Don’t cut PE. I taught PE as a parent volunteer at Grand View. It’s so crucial at Elementary level. Plus, with a Monica Wood or a Tracie Geller inspiring your kids every day – that’s irreplaceable
    • Makerspace PE Performing arts
    • Need it! Music! Orchestra band choir
    • Makerspace
    • How do you cut a reading specialist when it is a “core” subject – isn’t that our obligation to help students who aren’t meeting standards
    • Zero period is a must. We will lose families.
    • Keep class sizes small
    • PE is not just exercise. The SEW benefits need to be evaluated.
    • Keep class size as small as possible.
    • Music and electives are especially critical in the middle school years. They can save kids.
    • Reduce 1:1’s very carefully and thoughtfully
    • Class size music/drama
    • The last time we cut elementary PE, the kids’ behavior (overall) and sportsmanship was horribly affected (added comments: “Yes!” “I agree!”)
  • What have we missed?
    • Hire modification specialist and get general education teachers on board with accommodations and modifications to eliminate 1:1
    • What do students think about zero period?
    • Slow down for the laymen/newbies in audience
    • Many parents don’t realize how vital MBEF is to our district. Do a comparison that shows how we’d look more like LAUSD without them
    • City employee permit advertised
    • Close the elementary school with the lowest enrollment and transfer kids & teachers. Eliminate admin and plant costs.
    • Close an elementary school site
    • Need block schedule
    • Can we partner with City for Library support?