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Back-to-School Night Canceled; Parents Upset

The Redondo Beach Unified School District canceled Back-to-School Night this year due to budget cuts.

The loss of Back-to-School night has parents of students in Redondo Beach Unified School District upset.

According to an article in the Daily Breeze, the annual event was canceled due to budget cuts at the state level. These same budget cuts forced the school district to institute a handful of furlough days for the first time in history.

"People seem to be more disappointed about Back-to-School night than they are about Friday furlough days," Polly Kinsinger, the president of the Redondo Beach Joint Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, told the school board during its Sept. 11 meeting. "I think parents would really like to see that reinstated."

Another parent at the same school board meeting expressed similar concerns.

"I truly miss (Back-to-School Night). I think it's an important night," the parent told the school board. "It's the one night where a parent gets to walk in the shoes of a student."

School district Superintendent Steven Keller told the Daily Breeze that they had heard from parents unhappy with the cancellation.

"Their clear desire is for this to take place this year only," Keller said. "People have been very clear, and we certainly respect what we've very clearly heard and what they've said."

DR October 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I am not upset about not having a back to school night, what upsets me is the fact that the RBUSD School Board is asking for another Bond, and disguising it as a technology and energy bond. They are trying to free up some of their current budget and use it for salaries, while using the bond money to pay for "technology" and "energy upgrades". Who in their right minds would buy computers, e-readers, etc and finance it for 30 years? What they are proposing is to buy technology that would last 5-10 years at best, but yet finance it for 30 years. I have heard that the energy upgrades will get the schools off of the power grid, and that they will save millions on energy. If it is so much of a money saver, why can't they use the money they save from lower power bills and use that to pay for the energy upgrades? Is it because they want to use the savings from energy to pay for salaries? Let's see: 2000 Measure E $52 Million (which made RBUSD eligible for $19 million from state) 2008 Measure C $145 million AND NOW THEY'RE ASKING FOR ANOTHER: 2012 Measure Q $63 million Personally, I will vote NO for Measure Q.
Suzanne Haring October 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I hope you are going to the RBUSD State of Education event tonight to hear where and how the money is needed. I personally think the RBUSD is doing a great job - my kid is in the school system and I see how the measure C i mprovements have paid off. It sounds like you are against paying salaries - with all the budget cuts from the state causing the district to institute furlough days, it seems the money for salaries is needed more now than ever.
Alison Clay-Duboff October 03, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I have happy memories and I feel strongly its an important way to build parent teacher relationships and the kids are proud and looked forward to them!
Brad Waller October 03, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I like that Measure Q will keep the control in Redondo and away from Sacramento. Projects from the last bond were under budget and we got extra work done, and it will set a great example to go solar. I will be voting for Measure Q.
DR October 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
These three bonds equate to an average of $21 million per year. The RBUSD's annual budget is $65 million per year. Just saying.

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