City Council To Form Joint Use Committee With LBUSD Board

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

The Long Beach City Council voted recently to establish a joint use committee with the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education members to pool resources and search for ways to save money.

“We’ve worked at having a formal relationship with members of the city council in the past, and we didn’t quite get there,” said Felton Williams, LBUSD board president, at the July 12 city council meeting. “But we can recognize the importance of having that kind of relationship, particularly in this day and time.”

The cash-strapped entities are to have representatives meet in a public forum, subject to the Brown Act, to review opportunities for joint use of land, environmental concerns, public safety concerns and other opportunities to accomplish their core missions with fewer funds. The item, presented to the council by 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, must be approved with a vote of the school board at a future meeting before the committee is formed.

“The reality is we all have less,” Johnson said. “The school district has less money to work on their mission. The city has less money to work toward our mission.”

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School District Cuts Nearly 10 Percent Of Workforce

Fewer Teachers, Larger Classes Planned For New School Year

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

In response to the lack of a finalized state budget, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education approved final layoff notices for 789 certificated employees – about 10 percent of the district’s workforce – on May 10.

The job cuts, which mostly affect teachers without seniority, were approved in an effort to deal with California’s ongoing cuts for public school funding. In the past three years, LBUSD cut more than $200 million from its budget. These latest layoff notices were approved in order to meet the state-mandated deadline of May 15.

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