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Saturday, September 24, 2016

L.A. school board to take a closer look at school cleaning *

The L.A. Unified Board of Education will look at protecting the jobs of elementary school plant managers – who are in charge of cleaning and repairs –  in the wake of complaints by parents and school staff. Last week, The Eastsider posted a story about  some Elysian Heights Elementary parents who opposed a school district program to shift most school cleaning crews – including plant managers – to work after the school day ended. The district said the “Team Cleaning” approach is designed to help increase efficiency as the L.A. Unified struggles to keep scores of new campuses clean with less staff. Parents and some school staff, however, worried that it would take longer to clean up and repair campuses under the method.  On Tuesday, the school board will consider a newly added item – No. 31 that would restore funding for all elementary school plant managers.

Update: The Daily News reports that LA Unified Supt. Ramon Cortines offered to resign over school board’s resolution to keep the plant managers. However, Cortines later backed off his decision.

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  1. Dear EastsiderLA Reader,

    As reported in this article, the Los Angeles Unified School District will be meeting next week (Tuesday, October 12th) to discuss an agenda item to restore the positions of plant managers in our local elementary schools for the 2010-2011 school year.

    The district bureaucracy proposed the idea of creating a team of “roving” custodians to clean our local schools in a more “efficient” manner. However, many parents have expressed their concern with this budget idea and our worried about the negative impact this could bring to our local schools.

    There is concern by many parents that this approach may create unsafe and unhealthy learning environments by reducing the ability for plant managers at schools to function in an efficient way. As stated in the proposed Resolution, “the plant manager at an elementary school site is integral to keeping our schools safe, clean, and secure during the school day”.

    On Tuesday, the school board will be considering a Resolution to reverse this short sighted budget saving plan.

    You can help by taking a moment to contact our local school board members to share your support for this Resolution and urge them to support it.

    There is not much time left and your phone call today, over the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday will make a difference.

    You can contact the Office of Monica Garcia at 213-241-6180 or by email to [email protected]. Please copy her Chief of Staff Luis Sanchez at [email protected]

    You can contact the Office of Yolie Flores at 213-241-6383 or by email to [email protected]. Please copy her Chief of Staff Rebecca Nadybal at becky.nadybal @ lausd.net

    The meeting details and agenda item are listed below.

    BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
    Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District

    REGULAR MEETING REVISED ORDER OF BUSINESS
    333 South Beaudry Avenue, Board Room
    1 p.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    Item # 31.

    Dr. Vladovic, Ms. LaMotte, Mr. Zimmer – Safe and Clean Schools Resolution (Waiver of Board
    Rule 72)

    Whereas, The Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District is committed to
    keeping our schools safe, clean, and secure during the school day

    Whereas, The current budget scenario has forced the District to make drastic cuts causing safety
    and supervisorial concerns among others at school sites; and

    Whereas, The plant manager at an elementary school site is integral to keeping our schools safe,
    clean, and secure during the school day; now, therefore be it

    Resolved, That the position of plant manager be restored at all elementary school sites for the
    2010-11 school year and be paid for by stimulus money and other revenue enhancements.

    Thank you for your willingness to help our schools and for protecting the safety and well-being of our children.

    Sincerely,

    JOSE SIGALA

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