Pasadena School Board Meets Thursday, Expected to Approve City Sales Tax Deal

Published : Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 5:20 AM

The Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to consider approval Thursday of the Measure J Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Pasadena and the District, which guarantees the District at least $5 million in new sales tax revenues during the deal’s first year.

The School Board will conduct its regular meeting Thursday, at Pasadena Unified offices at 351 South Hudson Avenue.

Measure J, approved by Pasadena voters on the November 2018 ballot, advised that one-third of all sales tax revenues collected under its companion Measure I be directed to Pasadena Unified.

In December of 2018, the City Council approved the formation of an ad hoc committee —which included three members of the City Council and three members of the Board of Education—to hash out details of the sales tax distributions and conditions.

The ad hoc committee met on three occasions and ultimately recommended the parameters relating to distributing Measure J proceeds which are incorporated in the Memorandum.

The parameters include broad categories for how the funds will be spent, annual reporting requirements, and the term and funding mechanism for the receipt of Measure J funds.

The City Council approved the Memorandum in its March 11 meeting.

Also on Thursday, the Board of Education is set to extend special recognition awards to a student at Washington Elementary STEM Magnet, Mauricio Salazar Maldonado, as Student Hero; a Civic Learning Award of Distinction to Willard Elementary School; the Milken Educator Award to PUSD’s Nichole Anderson; and to members of the Outgoing Citizens Oversight Committee.

A number of resolutions will also be approved Thursday, such as one declaring the month of April as Armenian Genocide of 1915 Commemoration Month; one declaring March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day; and another declaring March 2019 as Arts Education Month, and adopting a Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning.

The Board of Education meeting begins at 4 p.m., recesses to a closed session at about 5 p.m., and reopens as a public meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Meetings are held at the Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room at PUSD.

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