Ed Bedford 11:58 p.m., May 20
Community Forum with Sweetwater UHSD Superintendent Ed Brand Set
A group of parents met with Superintendent Ed Brand on Friday afternoon to discuss the long awaited and planned, and thrice cancelled, community forum with parents and community members on the districts' use of Mello Roos and open boundaries.
The meeting has been scheduled for Thursday November 8 at 7pm at Eastlake High School.
With Brand at the meeting were members of his cabinet, including Interim Chief Financial Officer Rick Knott and Chief Facilities Officer Thomas Calhoun, interim Grants and Communications Director Manuel Rubio, and Board President Pearl Quinones and Trustee Bertha Lopez.
The district used part of this meeting to explain their use of Mello Roos and to answer questions regarding the budget and Mello Roos fund asked by a parent during last Mondays board meeting.
The parents asked that the district use robo calls and emails to all district families to get the word out. They also asked that numerous documents be made available on the district web site one week prior to the meeting, so parents and community members have an opportunity to review them well before the meeting. These documents include the districts specific use of Mello Roos over the last three years, including improvements made to district schools in the Mello Roos areas, formulas used to determine how Mello Roos funds are distributed, and other specific documents. On
On open boundaries, the parents asked for Superintendent Brand to justify his decision to open the districts boundaries and allow students to attend any school within the district. They also asked for enrollment figures, master plans, and other information to review and discuss overcrowding that has been caused at numerous district schools.
Ed Brand advised the parents that this will be the first of numerous meetings he will hold throughout the district in an effort to improve the districts communication with parents and community members on topics of importance.