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Superintendent's Letter - November 2017

Dr. Joan Rosas, Superintendent

Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

As Thanksgiving approaches, I wish the San Mateo-Foster City School District community a restful time of sharing with family and friends.

At the November 16, 2017 Board Meeting 51 teachers and certificated staff moved from probationary to permanent status. It was exciting to celebrate this milestone in their careers.  We also honored outgoing Board Members Chelsea Bonini and Ed Coady for their service and the guidance they have provided the District during their tenure.  At our next Board Meeting we will welcome our incoming Board Members: Noelia Corzo, Rebecca Hitchcock and Shara Watkins.  We are looking forward to working with our new team!

Community Input Sought at Town Hall Meetings in December Regarding School FinanceTown Hall Meeting Logo
We will be holding Town Hall Meetings regarding school finance. As our District is chronically underfunded and currently experiencing a structural deficit caused by increased pension liability, escalating costs of doing business and the loss of the $7 million in parcel tax funds last year, we are concerned that any proposed cuts will negatively affect outcomes for our students. Raising revenues would require a new parcel tax.  We invite our community to share ideas related to the District's fiscal deficit at our Town Hall meetings.

Four Town Hall Meetings will be held in December on the following dates from 6:30-7:30 pm:
• Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Abbott Middle School 
- 600 36th Avenue, San Mateo 
• Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Bowditch Middle School 
- 1450 Tarpon Street, Foster City 
• Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Borel Middle School 
- 425 Barneson Avenue, San Mateo 
• Monday, December 18, 2017 at Bayside Academy 
- 2025 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo

For those who cannot attend a Town Hall meeting, we will have an online survey for gathering information that will be opened in December.  We hope you are able to attend one of our meetings or participate in the survey to share your thoughts and perspectives.

With best wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving,
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.
Superintendent