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Note from the superintendent: Work under way on TTUSD’s 2016-17 budget

Rob Leri
Special to the Sun

I hope you are all enjoying the winter we are (finally!) having.

Believe it or not, we are already halfway through the 2015-16 school year. Outstanding teaching and learning are underway at all school sites, and I am very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of our educators and support staff.

Along with our Board of Education, I had the privilege of recognizing 85 of our employees for their years of service within our district at our last board meeting. These 85 employees have an impressive combined total of 1,195 years of service! Wow! I am extremely grateful for the positive difference they make each and every day in the lives of our scholars.

At our board meeting on Feb. 3, the Board of Education will be passing a resolution recognizing our school counselors and National School Counseling Week. We are extremely fortunate to have incredible counselors who address so many needs of our scholars.

I am honored to share that Alder Creek Middle School was selected by the California State Superintendent as one of California's 2015-16 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage model middle schools. The Schools to Watch program uses a competitive, rigorous review process to identify high performing, high impact middle schools so that all middle schools may have models of real-world success. This is a huge honor and only 11 schools statewide were selected this year.

It's that time of year for parents of young children to register their children for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten. All of our elementary schools will be hosting Kinder Preview nights in March so parents can learn more about the schools and their unique programs. A schedule with the dates and times is included in this newsletter on the side panel.

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Work is under way on our budget for the 2016-17 year. Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced his January state budget proposal for 2016-17 including funding for education. As a Basic Aid district, the impact of this proposal to TTUSD is very minimal. However, there is one-time discretionary money proposed which could equate to approximately $760,000 for TTUSD next year.

In the upcoming few months, we are hosting a series of community meetings to keep the community informed about upcoming facility upgrade projects. Please see the article below on our bond projects that includes a detailed timeline of all of our upcoming projects as well as the schedule of the community meetings.

As part of the 2015-16 California Association of School Transportation Officials (CASTO) school bus safety poster contest, our transportation department recently held their annual poster contest.

We had 88 scholars, from grades K-8, participate and submit their "#Stop On Red" artwork. Each entry was judged locally by the poster contest selection committee made up of district staff, parents, and students, and 13 were submitted for the regional CASTO judging.

The artwork is outstanding, and I am proud to share that we had winners in three categories for our region as well as one division winner in the state competition. The Board of Education will be honoring all of our bus poster contest winners at the April 6 board meeting.

Ski and Skate week starts on February 15, and I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the snow.

Rob Leri is superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Email him at rleri@ttusd.org.