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I would like to personally welcome each one of you to the 2018-2019 school year. I am excited and humbled to serve our students and families as Superintendent of Newark Unified School District. As a career educator and someone who loves all things school-related, this time of year brings such excitement and anticipation. As a father, I remember every first day of school with my children as they experienced the excitement of a new year. As a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, I remember the hustle and bustle of ensuring that every floor was shiny, every desk was ready, and every classroom was warm and inviting for students.

Our commitment to serve the youth and families of Newark is more than a job: it is a calling. Something our minds, hearts, and spirits direct us to do. The endeavor is urgent; the time is now. We have a committed team, a highly-qualified staff, and a culture and climate of great expectations for our students. I am excited to work with you to improve outcomes and increase opportunities for all students and families. Fostering a collaborative relationship where every stakeholders’ voice is heard and everyone’s unique talents are leveraged is imperative to accomplish our goals.

With much gratitude and respect,

Pat Sánchez

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Budget Update March 23, 2018

Dear Team NUSD and Newark Community,

I wanted to provide an update for you as we head into this well-deserved weekend. First of all, I wanted to share with you that when we started planning and budgeting for worst case scenario in our staffing, we initially thought we would have to reduce 20 positions pending the requirement for us to notify employees by March 15, 2018.

In my last update on March 7, I was able to share with you that based on your input and Board direction, we were successful in reducing class sizes and we were able to reduce the number of potential layoffs from 20 to eight positions. Today I am happy to share with you that we have reduced the final number of layoffs to ZERO, thanks to the great work of our staff to identify alternative funding solutions combined with natural attrition, resignations, and retirements.

I want to share information with you about how this was achieved and our next steps in this continuing budget reduction process.

Where did the money come from?

During the Governor’s Budget Presentation at the Board Meeting on January 16, 2018, we announced that we were receiving $1.6 million in one-time dollars, $1.134 million in ongoing dollars. The breakdown is as follows:

Line A – One Time Dollars                                                                             $1,600,000

Allocated for much needed upcoming curriculum adoptions

Line B – Ongoing Dollars                                                                               $1,134,000

Line C – Base                                                                                        $816,000

Line D – Plus Supplemental Concentration                               $318,000

Line E – *Minus Routine Restricted Maintenance                  – $640,000

Line F – Total Remaining Ongoing Dollars                                        = $494,000

Line G – General Fund Savings                                                                        $240,000

Savings from recoding .2 of custodial staff to RRM

*Statutory requirement to increase Routine Restricted Maintenance (RRM) funding to 3%

At the Board meeting on December 5, 2017, the Board gave direction to first reduce class sizes, then restore positions, with any funding that could be identified.

We saw an opportunity to apply a majority of the ongoing dollars to reduce the average student to teacher ratio from 29:1 to 26:1 for Kindergarten to 3rd grade classes. We could then fund one fifth, or .2, of each 1.0 custodial position with the Routine Restricted Maintenance (RRM) dollars, since custodians are responsible for a portion of RRM. This funding shift would result in $240,000 of the general fund to be freed up for saving two counseling positions.

At its February 20, 2018 meeting, the Board accepted our recommendation to utilize the remaining ongoing dollars and the general fund savings (Line F + Line G totaling $734,000) to reduce K-3 class size back to 26:1, get back two much needed counselors, and bring the staffing reductions down to eight positions. The balance of the positions saved came from natural attrition, resignations and retirements bringing us to the ZERO layoffs I am reporting today. There was not magical new money that appeared to solve this challenge, it was just plain old work and the natural ebb and flow found in any school district in California, which – as many of our veteran employees know – occurs each year.

Why wasn’t this solution found sooner?

Piecing together solutions takes time. We needed to ensure the financial stability of the District and meet our statutory responsibilities. With the Governor’s Budget release in January we were hopeful we could find solutions, but we also knew that the March 15 deadline for employee notifications was fast approaching, requiring us to continue planning as if no solution would come. The natural attrition, resignations, and retirements that occurred since we first announced potential layoffs allowed us to continually make adjustments, which ultimately resulted in the positive outcome of zero layoffs.

On behalf of the Board and myself, thank you for the hard work you do every day for our students, families and the Newark Community.

Pat Sánchez



Estimado Equipo de NUSD y Comunidad de Newark,

Al comienzo de este fin de semana bien merecido quisiera darles a ustedes una actualización.  Cuando empezamos la planificación y presupuesto para la posible reducción de nuestro personal, pensamos que tendríamos que reducir 20 puestos  y de acuerdo con el requisito, notificar a los empleados para el 15 de marzo de 2018.

En mi última actualización del 7 de marzo, les informé a ustedes que en base de sus ideas y la dirección de la Mesa directiva, logramos reducir el tamaño de las clases y el número de despidos posibles de 20 a 8 puestos. Hoy me complace compartir con ustedes que hemos reducido el número final de despidos a CERO, gracias al excelente trabajo de nuestro personal para identificar soluciones alternativas de financiamiento combinados con jubilaciones, renuncias y disminución natural.

 Quiero informarles sobre cómo se logró esto y los próximos pasos en este proceso de reducción del presupuesto.

¿Dónde se encontró el dinero?

Durante la presentación del presupuesto del gobernador en la reunión de la Mesa el 16 de enero de 2018, anunciamos que recibíamos $ 1,6 millones en “one time-dollars” y $ 1,134 millones en “ongoing dollars”. El desglose sigue:

Línea A – One Time Dollars

          (Dinero recibido solo una vez)                                            $1,600,000


Asignados para próximas adopciones necesarias del currículo

Linea B – Ongoing Dollars                                                     $1,134,000

Línea C – Base                                                                         $816,000

Línea D – Más Concentración suplementaria                                 $318,000

Línea E -*Menos Mantenimiento rutinario restringido                 – $640,000

Línea F – Total Restante Ongoing Dollars                                    = $494,000

Línea G – Fondo general de ahorro                                                         $240,000

Ahorro de recodificación de  .2 del personal del personal de consejería a RRM

*Requisito legal para aumentar el financiamiento de mantenimiento restringido de rutina (RRM) a 3%

En la reunión de la Mesa del 5 de diciembre de 2017, la Mesa primero ordenó que se redujera el tamaño de clases y luego que se reestableciera puestos, con cualquier fondo que se podría identificar.

Vimos una oportunidad de aplicar la mayor parte de los” ongoing dollars” a la reducción del ratio promedio de estudiante a maestro                de 29: 1 a 26: 1 para clases de Kindergarten hasta 3er grado. Entonces podríamos financiar una quinta parte o.2 de cada 1,0 puesto de conserjería con los dólares de mantenimiento rutinario restringido (RRM), desde que los conserjes son responsables de una porción del RRM. Este cambio de financiación resultaría en el ahorro de $240.000 del fondo general para salvar dos puestos de asesoría.

 En su reunión del 20 de febrero de 2018, la Mesa aceptó la recomendación de utilizar el dinero (ongoing dollars) restante y los ahorros del fondo general (Línea F + G Línea G con total de $734.000) para reducir el tamaño de la clase K-3 a 26: 1, recuperar   dos consejeros muy necesarios y reducir los posibles puestos eliminados a ocho. Los otros puestos guardados son el resultado de puestos de disminución natural, renuncias y jubilaciones, y todo esto resulta en ningún despido.  No fue dinero “mágico” que apareció para resolver este desafío. Fue simplemente trabajo duro y las fluctuaciones naturales que ocurren en cualquier distrito escolar en California, y que – como muchos de nuestros empleados veteranos saben – se produce cada año.


¿Por qué no se encontró esta solución más temprano?

Encontrar soluciones requiere tiempo. Teníamos que asegurar la estabilidad financiera del distrito y cumplir con nuestras responsabilidades legales. Con la introducción del presupuesto del gobernador en enero esperábamos encontrar soluciones, pero también sabíamos que se acercaba rápidamente la fecha límite de 15 de marzo para la notificación  a los empleados y que esto requería que siguiéramos planeando como si no hubiera solución. La disminución natural, las renuncias y jubilaciones que ocurrieron desde que anunciamos por primera vez los posibles despidos nos han permitido hacer ajustes continuamente, lo que en última instancia ha resultado en cero despidos.

De mi parte y en nombre de la Junta Directiva, les agradezco  el arduo trabajo que hacen cada día para nuestros estudiantes, las familias y la comunidad de Newark.


Pat Sánchez


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Steve Kerr and Ro Khanna speak with students at a town hall on school safety hosted at NMHS

You can find a recording of the entire conversation here on Ro Khanna’s Facebook page.  There is a short clip on the event from ACOE here


With national school walkouts to protest gun violence in schools on the horizon, the voices of students are reverberating across the national landscape.

On Monday, nearly 200 high school students, community leaders, educators and media gathered at Newark Memorial High School’s gymnasium for a forum that none will soon forget.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was the headliner of a Town Hall organized by Congressman Ro Khanna, D-District 17, to engage with students on issues of school safety, gun violence and youth activism. But it was 20-year-old Matt Deitsch who spoke directly to students about their need to speak out on gun control.

The event had an impact, not only on the students who filled the seats on the gymnasium floor, but on the educational leaders who came to support students as they seek to elevate their voices.

Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe attended along with Newark Unified Superintendent Patrick Sanchez, Newark School Board Trustees and local elected officials. Superintendent Monroe saw parallels to ACOE’s “Youth Action” initiative, which began in 2017 and has offered students throughout the county the opportunity to develop their skills in civic engagement and leadership.

“At this critical moment in time, the voices of our students are coming through loud and clear as they speak up and out for the change they want to see,” said Superintendent Monroe. “Monday’s town hall in Newark, as well as the student-led walkouts and marches to come, highlight the need for us all to listen and engage wherever we can to make way for their advocacy and leadership. We appreciate Congressman Khanna and Newark Unified for providing the opportunity for such an important dialogue.”

Coach Kerr, who leads the two-time NBA Champion Warriors, talked to students about his own experience with gun violence when his father Malcolm, the president of the American University of Beirut, was murdered in a terrorist attack in Lebanon in 1984 when Kerr was a freshman in college.

“I know how the people in Parkland feel,” said Kerr. “It’s awful. It’s devastating. It’s horrifying. This is pretty simple. Let’s see if we can do something about it.”

Deitsch traveled from Parkland, Florida to Newark representing the Parkland students who are organizing the national March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington D.C. and cities and communities around the country. Deitsch’s two younger siblings were hiding in their classrooms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 as a gunman killed 17 people.
Deitsch encouraged students, who came to the forum from around southern Alameda County, to register to vote, get involved and use their voices to help reduce gun violence and strengthen gun laws.

“This isn’t a left issue or a right issue. It’s about saving innocent lives,” Deitsch said.

The first of two national student walkouts is scheduled to take place Wednesday, March 14.

Students asked questions of Coach Kerr, activist Matt Deitsch, and Congressman Khanna for nearly an hour, touching on subjects such as voter registration, current gun laws, background checks, the concept of arming teachers, the influence of special interests and mental health.

Congressman Khanna invited Coach Kerr to participate and organized the event with just a few days’ notice.

“If we can get more young people in this district and around the country to demand change, something can happen,” Congressman Khanna said. “That’s why I called Coach Kerr to talk to these kids about what they can do to make a difference.”

Coach Kerr said he is inspired by the voices of the young people who have emerged following the Parkland shooting.
“The old guys aren’t going to be able to do it. It’s the next generation. It’s the youth. You guys are going to do it,” Kerr said. “It feels real. For the first time in my life, I feel there’s a movement happening.”

Deitsch, meanwhile, encouraged students to stay focused.

“You can’t march every day, and you can’t vote every day, but you can learn every day,” Deitsch said. “Be the most educated in the debate.”

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CNBC story about securing our schools

Superintendent Sanchez was interviewed at Newark Memorial High School about securing our schools. You can watch the piece here:

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Budget Update March 7, 2018

Dear Team NUSD and NUSD Community,

Given our recent budget challenges, the 2017-2018 School Years have presented tremendous budget challenges for many districts in the State of California. Please know that the Newark Unified School District Board of Education and administration hold students and teachers in the highest regard and have tried in good faith to keep reductions as far away from classrooms as possible. We have taken community input and concerns seriously and have done our best to honor the community’s wishes.

A top priority for the community and everyone in the district has been to avoid reductions to classroom staff. Considering that over 85% of our budget is in staffing salary costs, I feel that we have done our best to honor this priority.

At the February 6, 2018 Board meeting we presented a plan that would, with the information available to us at that time, recommended the elimination of 20 certificated positions and increasing of K-3 class size to 29:1.

I am happy to report that after thoughtful and careful consideration, we have come up with a plan that we believe will address our budget issues and honor the input we have received. Our plan is both pro-student and pro-teacher. It maintains class sizes that allow our teachers to undertake best instructional practices and allows our counselors to provide critical academic, social/emotional support so that they can better serve student needs.

We have found a solution that will help decrease the number of reductions from the worst-case scenario of cutting 20 positions to cutting only eight positions district wide, therefore saving 12 positions from being eliminated. At last nights board meeting, the Board took action and approved the Superintendents recommendation that was based on Community input to add back two counseling positions and save 10 teaching positions. Moreover, per the board’s direction, the K-3 class size language in the collective bargaining agreement of 29:1 is to continue. However, this plan will allow staffing/student ratio to not exceed 26:1 in K-3 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Our work to address our budget deficit has been historic and ongoing. Part of our challenge is that NUSD has suffered from years of declining enrollment. Then in 2009 and 2010, the state radically cut public school funding due to the recession. However, even as the state has increased funding over the past five years to reach an inflation-adjusted 2007 level, they continued to add mandated costs such as shifting an increasing percentage of pension burdens onto districts and employees. In essence, our funding has increased, but our mandated expenditures have increased even faster.

In the face of budget cuts, this district and many others resorted to using one-time funding to maintain programs and pay for ongoing expenses. This is no longer a sustainable practice and cannot continue. California schools are ranked 45th in funding compared to other states in the U.S. This money isn’t enough for school districts to provide quality programs and better salaries, not to mention our increased share of pensions and spiraling special education costs.

Please be assured that none of us in Newark want to cut programs. We have had to make difficult, in some cases, agonizing choices, but we have made them with a mindset that we will continue to support our students and our teachers with all available resources at our disposal.

Some districts do indeed pay their employees more. Many factors play into this disparity, but three important ones are: 1) they have higher percentages of “unduplicated” students and so receive more supplemental state money; 2) their communities have passed parcel taxes; 3) their class sizes are large, or 4) their schools are larger. Current state funding simply isn’t enough for NUSD to provide both high-quality programs and higher raises.

These considerations have led to some frank discussions in this community about where we are as a State and as a District. These have not been easy conversations for our Board or for our administration. These difficult times can trigger claims that we don’t know how to manage money, or we don’t care about teachers or children. As we emerge from our fiscal crisis our goal moving forward is to live within our means. I ask everyone to reflect on the root cause of our fiscal problem, specifically, inadequate funding from the state.

The NUSD community, including our dedicated teachers, have every right to expect that our district’s leadership will be fiscally responsible caretakers of our resources. We take that role very seriously. ​

Our intention is to provide as much factual information to the public as possible. We need people to know the whole story so we all are aware of the challenges we face so we can resolve them together.

Please see the attached FAQ that will also help clarify several questions we have received from the community.

March 6, 2018 Budget FAQ
Behind the Numbers

Pat Sánchez

Estimado Equipo de NUSD y Comunidad de NUSD,

Debido a nuestros recientes cambios presupuestarios del año escolar 2017-2018 se han presentado enormes desafíos monetarios para muchos distritos del estado de California. La Mesa Directiva de Educación y Administración del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newark toma mucho en cuenta a los estudiantes y maestros y han intentado de buena fe mantener las reducciones financieras lo más lejos posible de los salones de clase. Hemos tomado en serio los comentarios y preocupaciones de la comunidad y hemos hecho todo lo posible para cumplir con sus deseos.

Una prioridad principal para la comunidad y para todos en el distrito ha sido evitar las reducciones al personal de instrucción. Teniendo en cuenta que más del 85% de nuestro presupuesto es asignado a los costos salariales de personal, creo que hemos hecho todo lo posible para cumplir con esta prioridad.

En la reunión de la Junta del 6 de febrero del 2018 presentamos un plan que, con la información disponible para nosotros en ese momento, recomendaba la eliminación de 20 puestos certificados y el aumento del tamaño de las clases en grados K-3º a 29:1.

Me complace informar que después de una consideración cuidadosa y meticulosa, hemos creado un plan que creemos afrontará nuestros problemas presupuestarios y cumplirá con los aportes que hemos recibido. Nuestro plan es tanto para los estudiantes como para los maestros. Mantiene el tamaño de las clases que permiten a nuestros maestros emprender las mejores prácticas de instrucción y les permite a nuestros consejeros proporcionar un apoyo académico, social y emocional crítico para que puedan atender mejor las necesidades de los estudiantes.

También hemos encontrado una solución para el recorte de 20 posiciones, reduciéndola a solo ocho en todo el distrito, evitando así que se eliminen 12 posiciones en total. En nuestra última reunión de la Junta Directiva se tomó medidas y aprobó la recomendación de los Superintendentes que se basó en las aportaciones de la comunidad para volver a agregar dos puestos de consejería y salvar 10 puestos de docencia. Además, según las indicaciones de la Mesa Directiva, el acuerdo de tamaño de clase en grados K-3 que originalmente era de 29: 1 se debe continuar. Sin embargo, este plan permite que la proporción de personal por estudiante no exceda 26: 1 en grados K-3 para el año escolar 2018-2019.

Nuestro trabajo para abordar nuestro déficit presupuestario ha sido histórico y continuo. Parte de nuestro desafío es que NUSD ha sufrido años de disminución de matrículas. Luego, en 2009 y 2010, el estado recortó radicalmente los fondos de las escuelas públicas debido a la recesión. Sin embargo, incluso cuando el estado aumentó los fondos en los últimos cinco años para alcanzar un nivel de ajuste a la inflación en el 2007, continuaron agregando costos obligatorios, como desplazar un porcentaje cada vez mayor de las cargas de pensiones a los distritos y empleados. En esencia, nuestros fondos han aumentado, pero nuestros gastos obligatorios han aumentado aún más rápido.

Ante los recortes presupuestarios, este distrito y muchos otros recurrieron al uso de fondos únicos para mantener los programas y pagar los gastos corrientes. Esto ya no es una práctica sostenible y no se puede continuar. Las escuelas de California están clasificadas en el lugar 45 en comparación con otros estados en los Estados Unidos. Este dinero no es suficiente para que los distritos escolares proporcionen programas de calidad y mejores salarios, sin mencionar nuestra mayor proporción de pensiones y los crecientes costos de educación especial.

Tenga la seguridad de que ninguno de nosotros en Newark quiere recortar programas. Hemos tenido que tomar decisiones difíciles, en algunos casos, agonizantes, pero las hemos tomado con la mentalidad de que continuaremos apoyando a nuestros estudiantes y maestros con todos los recursos disponibles a nuestra disposición.

Algunos distritos pagan más a sus empleados por muchos factores que juegan en esta disparidad. Tres importantes factores son: 1) tienen porcentajes más altos de estudiantes “no duplicados” y por lo tanto reciben más dinero suplementario del estado; 2) sus comunidades han aprobado los impuestos a las parcelas; 3) sus clases son grandes, o 4) sus escuelas son más grandes. El financiamiento estatal actual simplemente no es suficiente para ayudar a que NUSD brinde programas de alta calidad y aumentos más altos.

Estas consideraciones han llevado a algunas discusiones francas en esta comunidad sobre dónde estamos como Estado y como Distrito. Estas no han sido conversaciones fáciles para nuestra Mesa Directiva o nuestra administración. Estos tiempos difíciles pueden provocar reclamos de que no sabemos cómo administrar el dinero, o no nos importan los maestros o los estudiantes. A medida que salgamos de nuestra crisis fiscal, nuestro objetivo es vivir dentro de nuestros medios. Les pido a todos que reflexionen sobre la causa raíz de nuestro problema fiscal, específicamente, los fondos inadecuados del estado.

La comunidad de NUSD, incluidos nuestros dedicados maestros, tiene todo el derecho a esperar que el liderazgo de nuestro distrito sea responsable fiscalmente de nuestros recursos. Tomamos ese papel muy en serio.

Nuestra intención es proporcionar la mayor cantidad de información factual al público como sea posible. Necesitamos que las personas conozcan toda la historia para que todos seamos conscientes de los desafíos que enfrentamos para poderlos resolver juntos.

Por favor, sírvase a consultar la sección de preguntas frecuentes adjuntas que también ayudarán a aclarar varias preguntas que hemos recibido de la comunidad.

March 6, 2018 Budget FAQ SP
Behind the Numbers

Patrick Sánchez

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Recent Events

Dear Newark Unified School District Staff and Families,

I wanted to reach out and share my thoughts as we returned to school this week after the holiday weekend and as we returned back to school after yet another senseless and tragic incident that occurred in Florida.

I find solace in my community in times of challenge, and this is a challenging time. We are once again forced to confront the mortality, danger, and heartbreak that we must often push to one side. And worst of all, it is the mortality of our children and our community’s children that we must confront.

Before working in Newark, I lived and worked in Aurora, Colorado. My community there was devastated by a mass shooting in a theater in 2012. Every life lost was precious, and there were no answers to be found to satisfy our need to know why it happened. With this in mind, I know that students and staff can feel upset, scared and also our families can feel this fear. With this in mind, I want to share some resources that can be used with your children, our students that can provide comfort and information during this difficult time. I also want to stress that our employees’ safety and the safety of our students is our highest priority.

I want to commend our schools for continuing to provide comprehensive safety drills and for putting plans in place that keep our campuses safe. I want to commend our employees who every day work diligently to keep our students safe and I also want to commend the Newark Police Department and our Chief of Police who works closely with our school district to ensure safe campuses. I pledge to work with district leadership and all employees to review Newark’s safety plans with renewed focus, and continue working to make this world better for all of our children.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any concerns or questions or contact your school principal if you have any questions. For more information about how to help your child and/or if you would like to review pertinentresources, the following may be helpful:

Talking to Children About the Shooting
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events

For those in Florida, and anywhere else, who are not fortunate enough to feel gratitude at their children’s safety: I grieve with you, and I mourn for you and your community

Patrick Sánchez


Estimado Personal y Familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newark,

Quisiera comunicar con ustedes y compartir mis pensamientos al regresar a la escuela esta semana después del fin de semana y el trágico incidente que ocurrió en la Florida.

En momentos difíciles como este, encuentro consuelo en mi comunidad. Una vez más nos vemos obligados a hacer frente a la mortalidad, el peligro y la angustia, los cuales a menudo hacemos a un lado. Lo peor de todo es tener que enfrontar el peligro para nuestros niños y los niños de nuestra comunidad.

Antes de trabajar en Newark, vivía y trabajaba en Aurora, Colorado, una comunidad que fue desolada por un tiroteo en masa en un teatro en 2012. Cada vida perdida es preciosa, y no se encuentra respuesta que satisfaga nuestra necesidad de saber por qué sucedió. En estas circunstancias sé que los estudiantes, el personal y nuestras familias pueden sentir malestar y miedo. Por eso quiero informarles de algunos recursos que pueden utilizar con sus hijos, nuestros estudiantes, que les ofrecen información y algo de consuelo durante este tiempo difícil. También quiero enfatizar que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y empleados es de primera prioridad.

Quisiera elogiar a nuestras escuelas por continuar ofreciendo amplios simulacros de seguridad y por implementar planes de mantener la seguridad de los planteles. Quiero felicitar a los empleados que cada día trabajan diligentemente para proteger a nuestros estudiantes, y a la policía de Newark y al jefe de policía que trabajan en estrecha colaboración con nuestro distrito escolar para garantizar escuelas seguras. Me comprometo a trabajar con los líderes del distrito y todos los empleados para revisar los planes de seguridad de Newark con un enfoque renovado y a seguir trabajando para mejorar este mundo para todos nuestros niños.

No dude en contactarme con cualquier inquietud o pregunta o póngase en contacto con el director de su escuela. Para más información sobre cómo ayudar a su hijo o si le gustaría revisar recursos pertinentes, los siguientes sitios pueden ser útiles:

Talking to Children About the Shooting (hablar a los niños sobre el tiroteo)
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events (hablar con los niños sobre tragedias y otros sucesos en las noticias)

Para los en la Florida, y cualquier otro lugar, que ya no pueden dar gracias por la seguridad de sus hijos, lloro con ustedes y su comunidad.

Patrick Sánchez

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February 5th, 2018 Letter to the Community

5715 Musick Avenue Newark, CA 94560-2554

Phone: 510-818-4103
Fax: 510-794-2199
Nancy Thomas, President
Francisco Preciado, Clerk
Jan Crocker, Member
Ray J. Rodriguez, Member
Tom Huynh, Member
Sierra Van Rossem, Student Member
Patrick Sanchez
Leticia Salinas
Bryan Richards
Olivier Wong Ah Sun, Ed.D.

February 5, 2018

Dear NUSD Community:

Re: Board Agenda Item to Initiate Reduction In Force Process

You may have heard the Board will decide at its February 6, 2018 meeting whether to initiate the process for a Reduction in Force (RIF) which could include laying off teachers and other certificated employees at the end of this school year. This is a serious matter brought on by severe economic circumstances. It is certainly not action the Board would choose to take voluntarily, nor would I as the Superintendent recommend it if I did not believe it was absolutely necessary to preserve the continued financial health of the District.

As a public school district, our primary obligation is to employ and retain talented individuals to educate our children and to provide support systems that enable them to excel in their professions. This means that over 84% of our budget is spent on people – as it should be. This also means it is difficult if not impossible to avoid considering a reduction in staff when our funding no longer supports the amount of money we are spending every year. Consider the following:

  • The District has a deficit of $3.2 million. This means we are spending this much more money than is in our “bank account.” This cannot be sustained.
  • For the past several years, most of the increased funding from the State has been “one-time” money that is not added to the ongoing amount we receive per student.
  • Expenses, however, continue to rise, including salaries, benefits, increased contributions to employee pensions, utilities and other operating expenses.
  • Like many Bay Area districts, student enrollment has declined sharply as families have fled to distant communities where the cost of living is lower. The district loses about $9,050 in State funding for every child who leaves the District.
  • Due to years of declining student enrollment, the District also receives less “special funding” from the State for particular groups of students.

With fewer students, rising expenses, and one-time and/or declining State funding, the District must confront the need to “right the ship” in order to stay afloat. Given the extent of our deficit, there is no way to avoid looking at reductions in staff as part of this painful but necessary effort.

The Board is required by State law to consider and take initial action by March 15 on a possible RIF for next year. If we miss that deadline, this option is legally off the table. I know you share my hope that State finances will improve as the final 2018-2019 budget is approved and that we can further reduce expenses, even temporarily through good faith negotiations with our employee labor representatives. Right now, we cannot simply assume these things will happen as we build our budget for 2018-19; however, we are certain the fiscal health of the District will suffer and worsen if we do not act now to ensure that all options remain available to the Board.

The Board as Trustees of the taxpayers’ money that provides education for students and the employment of those who deliver it, the Board must make hard decisions and take painful actions to ensure the District is able to serve our current and future students. To do any different would be the greatest violation of the community’s trust.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our present challenges. Rest assured we will do the best we can for our students with the resources we have. As always, do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Patrick Sanchez

5715 Musick Avenue Newark, CA 94560-2554

Phone: 510-818-4103
Fax: 510-794-2199
Nancy Thomas, Presidente
Francisco Preciado, Administrativo
Jan Crocker, Miembro
Ray J. Rodriguez, Miembro
Tom Huynh, Miembro
Sierra Van Rossem, Miembro Estudiantil
Patrick Sánchez
Leticia Salinas
Bryan Richards
Olivier Wong Ah Sun, Ed.D.

5 de febrero 2018

Estimados Miembros de la comunidad de NUSD,

Es posible que ustedes ya hayan oído que la Junta Escolar decidirá en su reunión del 6 de febrero, 2018, si iniciar el proceso de Reducción en la Fuerza de trabajo (RIF) que podría incluir la despedida (layoff) de maestros y otros empleados certificados a fines de este año escolar. Se trata de un asunto grave causado por severas circunstancias económicas. Es una medida que la Junta no tomaría voluntariamente, ni una que yo, como superintendente, recomendaría si no creyera que fuera absolutamente necesaria para preservar la continua salud financiera del Distrito.

Como un distrito de escuela pública, nuestra obligación primaria es emplear y retener a gente talentosa para educar a nuestros hijos y proporcionar sistemas de apoyo que les permitan sobresalir en sus profesiones. Esto significa que más de 84% de nuestro presupuesto se lo gasta en personal – como debe ser. Esto también significa que es difícil o imposible evitar la consideración de una reducción en el personal cuando nuestra financiación ya no cubre la cantidad de dinero que estamos gastando cada año. Hay que tomar en cuenta lo siguiente:

  • El Distrito tiene un déficit de $ 3,2 millones. Esto significa que estamos gastando $3,2 millones más de lo que está en nuestra “cuenta bancaria”. Esto no se puede sostener.
  • En los últimos años, la mayor parte del aumento en financiación del estado ha sido one-time money (dinero que se recibe sólo una vez) y no se lo agrega a la cantidad actual que recibimos regularmente por alumno.
  • Sin embargo, los gastos continúan creciendo, incluyendo salarios, beneficios, aumento de las contribuciones a la pensión de empleados, utilidades y otros costos de operación.
  • Como muchos distritos del Bay Area, la matrícula de alumnos ha disminuido significativamente con la huida de familias a comunidades con costo de vida más bajo. El distrito pierde unos $9.050 en fondos estatales para cada niño que sale del distrito.
  • Debido a los años de declive de matrícula, el distrito recibe menos “fondos especiales” del estado para determinados grupos de estudiantes

Con menos estudiantes, gastos crecientes y financiación del estado decreciente o de One-time money, el distrito debe enfrentarse a la necesidad de ” enderezar la nave ” con el fin de mantenerse a flote. Dada la magnitud de nuestro déficit, no hay ninguna manera de evitar considerar la reducción de personal como parte de este doloroso pero necesario esfuerzo.

La ley estatal requiere que La Junta directiva considere y tome acción inicial para el 15 de marzo en una RIF posible para el próximo año. Si no cumplimos con esa fecha de plazo, legalmente ya no será opción. Sé que ustedes comparten mi esperanza de que se mejoren las finanzas del estado cuando se apruebe el presupuesto final de 2018-19 y que además podamos reducir gastos, incluso temporalmente a través de negociaciones de buena fe con los representantes de nuestros empleados. Por ahora, no podemos simplemente suponer que esto sucede mientras desarrollemos nuestro presupuesto para 2018-19; sin embargo, estamos seguros de que la salud fiscal del distrito se empeorará si no actuamos ahora para asegurar que todas las opciones permanezcan disponibles a la Junta.

La Junta como administradores del dinero de los contribuyentes que provee la educación para los estudiantes y el empleo de aquellos que la entregan, debe tomar decisiones difíciles y medidas dolorosas para asegurar que el distrito sea capaz de servir a nuestros estudiantes actuales y a los futuros. El no actuar así sería la violación más grande de la confianza de la comunidad.

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de leer sobre nuestros desafíos actuales. Quédense tranquilos que haremos lo mejor posible para nuestros estudiantes con los recursos que tenemos. Como siempre, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo directamente si usted tiene cualquier pregunta.

Patrick Sánchez

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