On Nov. 6, 12, 13, 14 and Dec. 3 & 4, 2019, Twin Rivers Unified held a series of Community Meetings on School Consolidations at Foothill High, Highlands High, Grant Union High, Rio Linda High, Rio Tierra Jr. High and Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy.
We’ve compiled this list of the most frequently asked questions along with the responses.
Families and community members were encouraged to attend an informational meeting about the realignment and possible consolidation of schools in Twin Rivers Unified. TR is dealing with the fiscal impact of declining enrollment, underutilized schools, and a $3.8 million budget deficit for the 2020-21 school year.
Six community meetings were set.
All meetings took place from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
TR Community Meetings
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
Foothill High School Gymnasium
5000 McCloud Dr., Sacramento
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Highlands High School Gymnasium
6601 Guthrie Way, North Highlands
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
Grant Union High School Gymnasium
1400 Grand Avenue, Sacramento
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Rio Linda High School Gymnasium
6309 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019
Rio Tierra Junior High Gymnasium
3201 Northstead Drive, Sacramento
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy Gymnasium
The purpose of the Student Housing Committee is to review the Board’s policy on student housing issues, such as optimal school size, optimal school grade configurations, school consolidation, school boundaries and staffing. The committee will then present a report to the Board of Trustees with recommendations. This is an important task and the district is looking for highly-qualified, capable and committed individuals to be members of the committee. The district will be using the process defined under California law (Education Code sec. 17389) for selection of members to this committee.
The ethnic, age group and socioeconomic composition of the district;
The business community, such as store owners, managers, or supervisors;
Landowners or renters with preference to be given to representatives of neighborhood associations;
Parents of students;
Persons with expertise in environmental impact, legal contracts, building codes, and land use planning, including, but not limited to, knowledge of the zoning and other land use restrictions of the cities or cities and counties in which surplus space and real property is located.
Twin Rivers Unified School District is currently facing--like many districts throughout the state--declining enrollment, budget reductions and aging facilities.
As a result, Twin Rivers Unified School District has formed a Board of Trustees appointed Student Housing Committee--aimed at the critical task of reviewing the Board's policy on student housing issues, such as optimal school size, optimal grade configurations, school consolidation, school boundaries and staffing.
Specifically, the charge of the Student Housing Committee was to recommend school and grade configurations that would be standardized within the District, which is not the current situation.
The first option includes: K-5, 6-8, 9-12 schools.
The second option includes: K-6, 7-8, 9-12 schools.
The third option includes: K-8, 9-12 schools.
The fourth option is no change to current school and grade configurations.
On May 7, 2019, the Board of Trustees met and determined that they needed more community input before a policy was recommended.
We are asking you to be part of the conversation. Please share your thoughts on what you believe the optimal school configuration is. What perspectives do we need to consider when making a decision? We are working with Thoughtexchange to share with the Board of Trustees how the community feels about school configurations. From this, the Board will be able to make an informed decision on any policy changes as we look to provide great services and supports to our students.
It is expected that the committee will be in place by Feb. 26, 2019 and will complete its work by Sept. 30, 2019. All committee meetings, proceedings, and deliberations will be open to the public. Meetings have been scheduled from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the District Office in the Board Room (5115 Dudley Blvd., Bay A, McClellan, CA 95652) as follows:
Tentative Meeting Dates – Subject to Change
It is anticipated that the committee’s report will be provided to the Board of Trustees at the Board’s first Oct. 2019 meeting. Subsequently, it is anticipated that a corresponding agenda item will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the Oct. 8, 2019 Board Meeting for consideration.
Linda Fowler, J.D. - Area Seven
Michelle Rivas - Area Two
Ramona Landeros - Area Three
Stacey Bastian - West 2 Street Rio Linda, CA
Michelle Deleon - Beadnell Way Sacramento, CA
Dario Gonzalez - Placid Ct Sacramento, CA
Crystal Harding - Blue Duck Way Sacramento, CA
Valerie Hanson - Michelson Ct Sacramento, CA
Danette McReynolds - Granville Ct Sacramento, CA
Marty Powers - Broadway Sacramento, CA
Susanna Uhl - Eel Ct Sacramento, CA
Amanda Wirz - Oberson Ave North Highlands, CA
Staff to the Committee
Dr. Steve Martinez, Superintendent
Bill McGuire, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Kristen Coates, Associate Superintendent
Roxanna Villasenor, Executive Director
Mark Giugni, General Services
In an effort to address the student housing issues, the Twin Rivers Unified School District is looking at forming a committee to study optimal school size, optimal school grade configurations, school consolidation, school boundaries and staffing. Therefore, the district formed what is referred to as a "Student Housing Committee." Applications are closed.
Members of the Student Housing Committee serve only on a voluntary basis. This recruitment packet includes the application for serving on the Twin Rivers Unified School District Student Housing Committee.