Is the BUSD missing the bigger picture?

I received my agenda for next week's board meeting (September 22, 2009). I noticed that on the only agenda item concerning the new Administrative Office Building there was no mention of the new sports complex. I also noticed the district is now indicating the office building is "funded partially by the sale proceeds of the Summit and current District Office properties." There is no indication of where the remaining funds will be coming from; I don't believe they still plan to use Measure Z bond proceeds. It has been brought to my attention that they may not be able to use the bond money for the administration offices. They may have just realized this and it might be why it has disappeared from their documentation. I know the district has other funds earmarked for facilities construction.

I found that what they used to refer to their funding source as "surplus property sale proceeds" they are now calling "sale proceeds". It appears the district got part of the message. I fear they may still be missing the bigger picture, the "surplus property sale proceeds" should be used to reduce class sizes and provide secondary school transportation.

Renaming the "surplus property sale proceeds" to "sale proceeds" doesn't change the fact that the board and  administration are still putting their Administrative Office Building ahead of our kids. None of the money that the state legislature is authorizing for one time emergency general fund use should be used for construction of any facilities.  The voters have agreed to an increase in property taxes to finance $125,000,000  for facilities construction.

Many parents asked the district back in February to re-design Measure Z to include emergency funds for teachers and transportation. The district's legal council indicated this was not possible. Now the state has made another solution possible but it requires some trustees and administrators to begin "thinking outside the box" in order to do what is right for our kids and to build their administrative offices.

It's not too late to let your wishes be known. Tell the board that our kids should come before any new facilities and if funds can be used for smaller classes and transportation, they shouldn't be used for projects that are eligible for other facilities funds.

If you haven't already, here's what you need to do

  1. Open a new email message.

  2. Put “Do we really need a new sports complex…now?” in the subject field. They will know what this is about.

  3. Copy and paste the following into the “To” field:,,,,

  4. Add any additional comments you want to include and send it.

  5. Forward these steps to as many parents and teachers you know.

Thank you.