Santa Rosa carrying strong reserve without tapping special funds

Remember the Santa Rosa School Board debate last March over whether to move into play funds set aside for future retiree benefits so the district could maintain its positive financial position with the Sonoma County Office of Education? After much debate, the board voted 4-2 to count those funds toward [...]

By | November 8th, 2010|0 Comments

UPDATED: Pugh: This election had me worried

UPDATE: As of 12:52 a.m. and with 119 out of 155 precincts reporting, Bill Carle had 26.8 of the vote, Frank Pugh had 25.1 percent, Ron Kristof had 19.8 percent, Wally Lowry had 17.7 percent and Gilbert Hawkins had 10.4 percent _____________________ Longtime school board member Frank Pugh said this [...]

By | November 3rd, 2010|0 Comments

SR teachers to rally for candidates tomorrow

With election day next Tuesday and the first competitive race in six years, the Santa Rosa teachers union is planning to greet students and their parents at the driveways and sidewalks of Santa Rosa City Schools campuses Wednesday morning with signs supporting their slate of candidates for the school board. [...]

By | October 26th, 2010|3 Comments

Steele Lane named arts focus school

Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa has been named the 2010-11 Adopt-A-School campus in a partnership between the Arts Council of Sonoma County and the Steele Lane School Enrichment Foundation. The program was launched today with a performance from students and a lineup of local leaders, including Sonoma County [...]

By | September 15th, 2010|0 Comments

Want to run for school board? You’d better move fast…

The race is on. Four candidates are expected to have qualified by the end of day Wednesday for three open seats on the Santa Rosa School Board. Incumbents Wally Lowry and Frank Pugh qualified on July 21 and July 12 respectively and retired social science teacher Ron Kristof qualified on [...]

By | August 4th, 2010|0 Comments

SR School Board: More cuts are coming

The Santa Rosa School Board finalized $5.6 million in cuts to next school year’s $88 million budget but members warned that the entire list of line item cuts will be revisited – in as early as May when the state revised budget is released. “I’m open to more cuts at [...]

By | February 24th, 2010|1 Comment

Letter writer calls out 40-student class comments

A letter writer in today's Press Democrat takes issue with Santa Rosa City School Board member Wally Lowry's statements regarding class sizes. After a Town Hall meeting Monday night, Lowry reiterated his desire to go after big-cost items as the district struggles to chop $5.6 million from its approximately $88.2 [...]

By | December 3rd, 2009|0 Comments