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October 19, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Message to Sunol Glen USD & Community

Letter to the editor: Message to Sunol Glen USD & Community

As the Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, I would like to extend my congratulations to Sunol Glen USD for its exceptional 2009-10 student achievement results. An increase of 23 API points in one year is an extraordinary accomplishment, and places the District's standardized test scores rank among the highest in Alameda County.

In such a difficult and unstable economic environment, I would also like to commend the District for remaining fiscally responsible with an approved budget, despite severe funding reductions from the State. This is a testament to the guidance and leadership of both the existing Board of Trustees, as well as the current Superintendent, Molly Barnes. At a time when districts throughout California are facing unprecedented challenges, Sunol Glen USD has risen above the financial obstacles and shown a remarkable ability to thrive. This is indeed cause for celebration.

I would like to caution the District, however, that maintaining the current levels of enrollment and attendance are critical to preserving the fiscal solvency of the District. As both an oversight agency and as the fiscal advisor to the District, the Alameda County Office of Education does not support any prospective plans to reduce enrollment from its current levels. This will have a severe impact on the District's budget, requiring immediate reductions and adversely affecting the educational landscape of the District. With funding reductions projected to continue for several more years, the most effective approach to safeguarding the District's success is to protect and maintain the current student enrollment.

The two incumbent members of the Board of Trustees, Guin Van Dyke and Don Ball, have my full support as they focus on maintaining enrollment and continuing to guide this flourishing school. In these uncertain times, I am very pleased that Sunol Glen USD serves our students with high academic standards, top quality educators, and dedicated leadership. Best of luck in your continuing endeavors.

Sheila Jordan
Alameda County Superintendent of Schools

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