January 14, 2020 Board Meeting

Highlights from the Meeting

  • Arcadia High School's ASB presented on recent events including an after-school event on January 9th called “Throwback Thursday - Return of the Crispito.” Many of you may remember the beloved Crispito, served piping hot, but so good that burning your tongue was worth the pain. But the Crispito is no longer served at the high school save for this special event. The students really seemed to enjoy the event so hopefully they will make it a regular tradition.
  • Longley Way Principal Travis Long discussed the lengthy and difficult process he and his staff went through to achieve Distinguished School and Blue Ribbon status. This is a very significant and impressive achievement and cake was actually served at the board meeting to celebrate. Such an achievement really deserves much more recognition and it would be nice for more people to be able to see it and celebrate it (see

  • The Visual and Performing Arts SWAG (Small Working Arcadia Group) presented the AUSD Strategic Arts Plan. This is a five-year Strategic Plan which builds upon and strengthens the visual and performing arts program and curriculum at the district. Part of the plan is to create an Arcadia Arts Council to guide and advocate for the arts within the district and the community. Superintendent Vannasdall said something interesting about this group saying, "the ones best suited to solve problems are the ones closest to it,” which really encapsulates a big reason why I'm running in this election as a vested parent with children in the district.

December 10, 2019 Board Meeting

Highlights from the Meeting

  • The Arcadia High School track is due for an overhaul. The entire track surface is to be removed and replaced with new material and is scheduled to take place between May and August 2020. This will overlap the school year by 3 weeks on both sides. The total cost for the project is $2.3 million.

  • The accounting firm, Nigro & Nigro, PC, conducted a financial audit of the district accounting practices and had no major findings.

  • The first interim financial statement was delivered:
    • The 2018-2019 budget had an unaudited deficit of $1.6 million while 2019-2020 has a projected deficit of $7.5 million.
    • Upcoming unfunded pension obligations and decreased cost of live adjustment (COLA) increases to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) are also expected to impact future budgets negatively.
    • Total student enrollment is expected to continue to decline also affecting revenue.

  • A coordinator position for the Performing Arts Center was approved. It is hoped that increased rental use of the space will eventually bring it to be a financially self-sufficient facility.