Thursday, March 19, 2009

Board President Gives 'State of the District'

Shelia Jackson Delivers Address Thursday, March 26

SAN DIEGO The challenges that faced the San Diego Unified School District in the past year and issues facing its future will be topic of the upcoming State of the District Address being delivered by Shelia Jackson, Board of Education President.

The public is invited to the address, which will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Avenue (92113). Jackson’s speech is an official Board of Education meeting, which will be held in the school’s 750-seat auditorium, part of the school’s Center for the Arts.

Jackson is expected to discuss the academic, legislative and financial challenges facing the district over the next year, as well as reviewing the previous 12 months. The Board of Education recently reduced the current school year budget by $43 million, with another $100 million in cuts targeted for 2009-10.

Over the last year, San Diego Unified celebrated being one of the largest districts in the U.S. to have passed all federal academic testing guidelines under the No Child Left Behind act. In addition, San Diego Unified’s citizens approved Proposition S, a billion-dollar bond that will help to revitalize and renovate schools for the next decade.