07.26.19

Message Re: Recent Media about SUHSD

Over the past few days, there has been some discussion in the media about a loan of $12 million that is being offered to the Sweetwater Union High School District by the San Diego County Office of Education. We’d like to take a few moments and share some additional information with our community about this matter.

As most of the community is aware, the 2018-2019 school year was a challenging one for the Sweetwater District. However, with the hard work of all of our stakeholders and the implementation of ongoing budget solutions, our Board of Trustees passed a balanced budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

During the development of our district budget for the 2019-20 school year, several aspects of the district finances were shared, including the district’s practice of temporary borrowing from other funds within the district, specifically the Community Facilities District Fund (Fund 49 – also known as the Mello-Roos Fund).

Since the Sweetwater Union High School District does not receive enough funding from the State to cover payroll expenses in the months of July and August, it is necessary to borrow money to pay our staff.

California Education Code 42603 permits school districts to temporarily borrow from other district funds to address the timing of cash received with certain conditions. Any and all dollars borrowed by the district’s General Fund must be repaid with interest to the fund that was borrowed, thereby increasing the total dollars in the fund upon repayment. Sweetwater has typically borrowed upwards of $70 million from Fund 49 and then repaid it, with interest, once State revenue is received during the school year.

Beginning early in 2019, during presentations to the Board of Trustees, the district shared publicly there would be a balance of between $8 to 14 million still owed to Fund 49 at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2019). The final amount owed to Fund 49 as of June 30, 2019 was $12 million.

The fiscal stabilization plan created by the Sweetwater District accounted for this balance. Per the 2019/20 budgeted cash projections the balance is projected to be at $0 by June 30, 2020.

On July 10, 2019, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) emailed the Sweetwater District with an offer to immediately pay the $12 million back to Fund 49 and Sweetwater would have until June 30, 2020 to pay back the $12 million, plus interest to the SDCOE – approximately $200,000-300,000. The SDCOE Board approved this offer on July 24, 2019 at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting.

Because the Sweetwater District had a balance as of June 30, 2019 there is a finding that will be mentioned in a future financial audit of the district (per California Education Code 42603). Although Sweetwater very much appreciates the willingness of the SDCOE to support our efforts, a loan any time after June 30, 2019 does not change the audit finding.

The next step is for the Sweetwater Board of Trustees to consider the offer made by the SDCOE at a future board meeting, determining if it is in the best interest of the district to borrow these funds. While there are several considerations to take into account, a major factor is repayment of interest. As mentioned earlier, when the district borrows from its own funds and makes repayments with interest, those funds stay within the district. A loan from SDCOE would also have to be repaid with interest, and those funds would go to the SDCOE.

We will continue to update the community as we are able, and we thank you for your continued support of the Sweetwater Union High School District.

07.19.19

Message to Parents regarding 12th grade devices

Dear Parents and Guardians of Sweetwater 12th graders:

Over the past several years, the Sweetwater Union High School District has implemented a 1-to-1 device program that provided either an iPad or a laptop computer to each student. In the 2018-19 school year we were able to provide devices to every student in the district. However, with each year of implementation we also encountered numerous challenges and learnings, including devices either not being returned or being returned with significant damages.

As a result, we will not immediately distribute laptop devices to our 2019-20 senior class. Our middle school devices are sufficient for the year, however for the high school devices, we have too many damaged and unreturned devices to provide every student a device for the start of the school year.

We understand this will impact our senior students, teachers, and our community. To address the situation with the senior class, we have developed multiple solutions. First, we plan to allocate a pool of approximately 1,400 available laptops across our high school sites. In addition, this pooled device program can be complemented with school site carts (COWS – computer on wheels) and labs that provide approximately 3,000 additional devices, allocating these devices for senior student use as needed. Finally, we have worked to ensure that actual textbooks will be available in all courses for seniors as needed. As we remediate and repair our damaged device inventory this year, we will distribute these devices as priority to the senior class.

In addition to these solutions, the district will be looking into other options that will allow us to provide needed technology into the hands of our senior students. More information about this will be made available during the school year.

We thank you for your continued understanding and assistance as we continue to support each student in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Thank you.


Estimados padres y tutores de los alumnos de 12vo grado de Sweetwater:

En los últimos años, el distrito escolar de Sweetwater ha implementado un programa de dispositivo 1-a-1 que proporcionó un iPad o una computadora portátil a cada estudiante. En el año escolar 2018-19 pudimos proporcionar dispositivos a todos los estudiantes del distrito. Sin embargo, con cada año de implementación también encontramos numerosos desafíos y aprendizajes, incluidos los dispositivos que no se devuelven o que se devuelven con daños significativos.

Como resultado, no distribuiremos de inmediato dispositivos portátiles a nuestra clase del 12vo año 2019-20. Nuestros dispositivos de la escuela intermedia son suficientes para el año; sin embargo, para los dispositivos de la escuela secundaria, tenemos demasiados dispositivos dañados y no devueltos para proporcionar a cada estudiante un dispositivo para el inicio del año escolar.

Entendemos que esto afectará a nuestros estudiantes de último año, maestros y nuestra comunidad. Para abordar la situación con la clase sénior, hemos desarrollado múltiples soluciones. Primero, planeamos asignar un grupo de aproximadamente 1,400 computadoras portátiles disponibles en los sitios de nuestras escuelas secundarias. Además, este programa de dispositivos combinados se puede complementar computadoras portátiles que ya están en cada escuela, y laboratorios que proporcionan aproximadamente 3,000 dispositivos adicionales, asignando estos dispositivos para el uso de estudiantes mayores según sea necesario. Finalmente, hemos trabajado para garantizar que los libros de texto reales estén disponibles en todos los cursos para personas de la tercera edad según sea necesario. A medida que reparemos y reparemos nuestro inventario de dispositivos dañados este año, distribuiremos estos dispositivos como prioridad para la clase del 12vo año.

Además de estas soluciones, el distrito buscará otras opciones que nos permitirán brindar la tecnología necesaria en manos de nuestros estudiantes de último año. Más información sobre esto estará disponible durante el año escolar.

Le agradecemos su comprensión y asistencia continuadas mientras continuamos apoyando a cada estudiante en el distrito escolar de Sweetwater. Gracias.

05.29.19

Notice Of Public Hearing Of The Sweetwater Union High School District Preliminary Proposed 2019-2020 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Sweetwater Union High School District at its Regular Meeting to be held on June 17, 2019, will conduct a Public Hearing to consider comments and recommendations regarding the Preliminary Proposed Budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Public Hearing of the District will be held on June 17, 2019, will begin at 6:00PM or as soon thereafter as practicable, in the Board Room at the district office located at 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, California. These matters will be considered at such time as the agenda item is considered by the Board of the District.

05.01.19

Accepting applications for Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee – Deadline to submit application is May 24, 2019

Sweetwater Union High School District is accepting applications for the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee in the following categories:

  • Parent and Active in Parent-Teacher Organization Member (1)
  • Business Organization Member (1)
  • Community At-Large Member (1)

Deadline to submit application is May 24, 2019.

CBOC Membership Application 2019 – English – Click here to access Application

Solicitud de membresía CBOC 2019 – Español – Haga clic aquí para acceder a la Solicitud

For more information contact Araceli Guzman at 619-585-6010 or via email araceli.guzman@sweetwaterschools.org. Visit the Prop O CBOC website at http://buildingpropo.sweetwaterschools.org/oversight-committee/.

02.19.19

RISE – African American Scholars Conference on February 23rd, 2019

Scholars and Parents: Please join us on February 23rd at Olympian High School to celebrate the rich heritage and success of the Black Community. We will provide lunch, amazing guest speakers and opportunities to interact with local black scholars, artists and business professionals. Check with your BSU advisors or ASB advisor for more information about transportation.

When: Saturday, February 23rd Time: Registration starts at 7:30 AM

Where: Olympian High School (1925 Magdalena Avenue, Chula Vista, 91913)

8:15 Welcome
8:30 Speakers (Shirley Weber – Keynote Speaker)

9:00 Performers (Step Team, Drum Line, African Dance Team and more!) 9:30 Workshops
11:30 Student Performers
12:00 Workshop

12:45 Lunch (provided) and Celebration
Please register by clicking here by February 16, 2019.