School districts may hire consultant to facilitate Sagebrush terms

La Cañada Valley Sun
By Sara Cardine
March 27, 2015

La Cañada and Glendale school officials may soon hire an independent consultant to facilitate terms of an agreement over the potential transfer of Sagebrush families into La Cañada Unified School District boundaries, after a negotiation meeting held Monday.

Both parties had previously agreed to seek legal counsel over issues related to a phase-in of student enrollment and repayment of Glendale’s bond indebtedness.

Glendale Unified School District officials were to have discussed next steps in a closed session meeting on Tuesday night, while LCUSD plans to do the same at its next regular board meeting this upcoming Tuesday, according to LCUSD Board Vice President Ellen Multari.

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GUSD school board candidate forum tonight

The Crescenta Valley Town Council hosts a GUSD school board candidate forum this evening. Registered voters from La Cañada (Sagebrush,) La Crescenta and Montrose have already been mailed ballots. If ballots have not been received, it is recommended you contact the Glendale City Clerk’s office or visit:

Thursday March 19, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
La Crescenta Library – Community Room
2809 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA 91214

The election is April 7, 2015. The polling place for Sagebrush residents is Precinct number 315-005 in the lobby of Hall and Chambers Realtors, 2315 Foothill – just west of Ocean View in La Cañada.

UniteLCF! volunteers and supporters will continue to work with the candidates to ascertain their position on the proposed territory transfer. We plan to continue to share information with them and respond to what they describe as the key issues that shape their views.
An important meeting between the two district reps is scheduled for March 23 during which each district will be reporting on key legal issues they have been researching since their last meeting in February.

Talk continues between school districts on potential Sagebrush transfer

Glendale and La Cañada school officials will meet again later this month.

Glendale News Press
March 4, 2015
By Kelly Corrigan

Talks between La Cañada and Glendale districts remain positive, officials said this week as both sides continue to discuss the possible transfer of the Sagebrush area to the La Cañada Unified school district.

During a Glendale school board meeting Tuesday night, Supt. Dick Sheehan said attorneys representing both districts are working with school officials to clarify issues tied to enrollment and bond payments.

A number of La Cañada residents have long sought to have the territory be part of their city’s school district. Despite being within its city limits, Sagebrush has always been served by Glendale Unified. In past litigation, Glendale Unified has ultimately prevailed.

But in November, after more than a year of public debate and discussion over transferring the territory, Glendale Unified delivered a proposal to La Cañada school officials asking for La Cañada Unified to pay $6.8 million in debt connected to two Glendale school bonds — Measure K and Measure S — over 23 years.

Glendale Unified also asked for $16 million over 12 years in expected reductions in state funding due to decreased enrollment.

Sheehan said that if there is no property swap in the transfer, La Cañada officials believe they wouldn’t need to pay any bond debt to Glendale Unified.

“Under the La Cañada belief, if there is no exchange in property on the La Cañada side, then they are not bound to repay any part of the bond,” Sheehan said. “So, we are getting legal clarification on that issue.”

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