INTRODUCTION

As the CUSD board discusses how to best tackle its budgetary issues, CLIP and its future have been drawn into many of the discussions that are happening within the CUSD community. We consider the discussion of CLIP’s future central to the language immersion program’s ongoing improvement and to the education of our students. It is our hope that the collected information here will be able to help parents understand the discussions which are happening and develop more informed decisions.


DISTRICT INFORMATION & PRESENTATIONS

Overview of how the district reached the current budget situation over many years of budget funding challenges and district public meetings and responses:

BUDGET PRESENTATIONS

2019-2020 State of the District

Budget Roadshow Presented to Meyerholz Elementary School.

Budget Roadshow English:

Public-School-101-Budget-Road-Show-Eng

Budget Roadshow Chinese:

Public-School-101-Budget-Roadshow-in-Chinese

MILLER LISTENING SESSION

The CUSD Board held five special listening sessions to get community feedback on its discussions for low enrollment schools and CUSD budget challenges. The meetings were held at each CUSD middle school. The November 21, 2019 listening session held before a packed Miller gym is here.

Miller Listening Session (Nov 21, 2019)

CUSD Board PRESENTATIONS / MEETING Notes

CUSD Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Proposals (Oct 22, 2020)

CUSD Building Long Term Fiscal Stability (Nov 19, 2020)

CUSD Board Meeting Notes. Select “Meetings” in the top right.


MEYERHOLZ TOWN HALLS

Town Hall #1 (November 5, 2020)

Town Hall #2 CLIP (November 9, 2020)

Town Hall #2 Neighborhood (November 9, 2020)

Town Hall #3 (December 2, 2020)


TEACHER STATEMENT

This is a statement of all CLIP teachers who are unanimously in support of CLIP moving to its own elementary school site. Please respect the teachers’ time and limit your questions to them on this subject. Please be kind, these are our teachers who only want what’s best for the education of our students.

CLIP-Staff-Statement


CLIP TOWNHALL PRESENTATION SLIDES

This is a presentation by CLIP parents who come from the Meyerholz CLIP Advisory Committee (MCAC), CLIPCO, and other interested parents who support our teachers’ unanimous recommendation for CLIP to move to its own site. The presentation can be found below the video.

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CLIP HISTORY

A History of Growth

  • 1998 John Muir Elementary School
    • 1 Kindergarten Class
  • L.P Collins Elementary School
    • Expands to 2 Kindergarten Classes entering each year
  • Meyerholz Elementary School:
    • Starts at 2 Kindergarten Classes entering each year
    • Expanded to 3 Kindergarten Classes entering each year (2015-16)

Future Growth

The CLIP teachers, MCAC, and CLIP administrators have identified advantages to CLIP moving to a dedicated site and being able to expand again to 4 kindergarten classes. We have a waiting list every year that exceeds 100 students, mostly kindergarten students. District staff confirmed that CLIP could fill a 24 student kindergarten expansion from the waiting list (CUSD Miller Listening Session November 21, 2019). Unfortunately there is no room for CLIP to expand while combined with another elementary school at Meyerholz. CLIP Dedicated Site FAQ.

How Can I Support CLIP?

You can support CLIP by:
1) Getting Involved: Project Cornerstone, Room Parent, CLIPCO Board, PTA
2) Emailing the CUSD Board (board@cusdk8.org)
3) Speaking in Townhalls / Meyerholz Weekly Meetings with Principals and CUSD Board Meetings (2 minutes are allowed for each public commenter)