GUSD Election 2015 – Vote on April 7th

SAGEBRUSH Our Voices & Votes Matter

GUSD SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

VOTE ON TUESDAY APRIL 7TH

Many families in Sagebrush support the idea of changing the local public school district boundaries by way of a “territory transfer” so that future generations of La Cañada Flintridge Sagebrush students won’t need a permit or “release” to attend La Cañada schools. UniteLCF! has been actively working towards this goal and we ask you to visit our website and join our mailing list. https://unitelcf.wordpress.com/join/

Currently both School Boards are in discussions to find a negotiated settlement. We encourage you to become informed about the candidates running for Glendale School Board and VOTE on April 7th. Our Voices & Votes Matter.

CV Weekly asked candidates for the Glendale Unified School District board of education their views that are of particular interest to their readers. To see all the responses please visit http://www.crescentavalleyweekly.com/news/04/02/2015/meet-candidates-gusd-board-education/

Q – Are you in favor of the La Cañada territory transfer of the Sagebrush area, specifically concerning the park’s ownership? Below are portions of their responses and excludes some comments on the park since all were in agreement that the park should stay with the school.

Nayiri Nahabedian (Current Board Member): The GUSD board did not initiate the territory transfer issue and my strong preference is to keep Glendale Unified united. However, this is a long-standing issue and we must have a final and fair resolution – so that each student, parent and resident can move forward with certainty and security about their future. We have offered a fair and balanced plan to LCUSD, and continue to have open dialogue with them.

Kevin Cordova-Brookey: We have to think of what is in the best interest of these children and their families. We also have to think of what is in the best interest of both GUSD and LCUSD. One of the great things about public education is that you get to go to the schools in your neighborhood. The Sagebrush territory lies in La Cañada. So, as a parent, if you want your child to go to a La Cañada school, you should be able to do that. However, since territory also lies in the GUSD, parents should be able to send their child to a GUSD school if they choose. …I fully support continued communication between GUSD and LCUSD to get to a winning solution for all.

Todd Hunt: As I’ve said, “the Genie is out of the bottle” when it comes to Sagebrush. Therefore, I believe the prudent approach is for GUSD and LCUSD to do the hard work to find common ground and achieve the best possible agreement for both districts. As a board member I will put in the time and effort to ensure that both the short-term and long-term financial impact to GUSD is mitigated.

Vahik Satoorian: In November 2014, Glendale asked La Cañada to pay $6.8 million to do this transfer. I am against transfer of the park or any territorial transfer. My stance on the subject is that we must solve this matter through public discussions, and any formal negotiations must be made transparent to the public.

Jennifer Freemon: I believe Sagebrush should stay in GUSD. There is a long history of commitment and community in the GUSD schools that serve the Sagebrush community. Looking at what is in the best interest of the students and families in the area, keeping that strong community school intact is best for both the students and the community…. I appreciate the thoughtful way in which the GUSD is approaching the issue and will continue to encourage the districts to be patient and thoughtful as we work through the various issues surrounding Sagebrush.

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Compiled by the UniteLCF!  The flyers can be downloaded at: https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/flyer-gusd-election-2015-final.pdf

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