Sticker Shock over GUSD’s Sagebrush Plan

La Cañada Flintridge Outlook
By Mirjam Swanson
October 30, 2014 Vol 17 No 44

The La Cañada Unified School District did not need to receive a formal offer from Glendale Unified regarding the potential transfer of the Sagebrush territory to send a clear message: No deal.

After evaluating what members of the GUSD board discussed at their meeting a week earlier, LCUSD officials indicated Tuesday that the expected amount of financial remuneration would be too steep.

“That number has increased by more than $10 million,” LCUSD Governing Board President Ellen Multari said. “And it is simply not within our financial means or our alliance with the city to reach that kind of a deal.”

GUSD board members discussed insisting on per-pupil compensation, reimbursement by which LCUSD would share half of the per-student state funding for each child transferring to its schools following a boundary shift.

Discussions over the Sagebrush territory have been going on for about a year and a half and represent the latest chapter in a several-decades effort to incorporate westernmost LCF into LCUSD.

“Although the La Cañada Unified School District continues to strongly support the transfer of the Sagebrush territory into the district’s boundaries, it has determined that a negotiated agreement between the two school districts, in light of the currently anticipated proposal by Glendale Unified School District, is not presently achievable,” LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said, reading from a letter she sent to local newspapers Wednesday. (Her complete statement appears on Page 24 of the current issue of La Cañada Flintridge Outlook newspaper, October 30, 2014, available Citywide.)

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To read LCUSD Superintendent Sinnette statement, click here.

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