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Oaklasnd Unified School District  
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Monday, June 22, 2020
Kyla
Dear Oakland Community,
I am writing with brief updates on three key issues facing our district: (1) creating an alternative safety plan and disbanding our police department; (2) previewing OUSD’s budget challenges; and (3) the possibility of a facilities bond to address important facilities issues. Each of these issues will be heard at Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting. I encourage you to join us and share your perspective.

Reimagining school safety without an OUSD Police Department. 
I stand strong in my resolve to both reimagine how to make our schools safe without OUSD school police and to be thoughtful and inclusive in developing the alternative safety plan. 

I laid out some of my thinking in my remarks at the last meeting and an email I shared afterwards. For those not as familiar with the OUSD school police, it is worth noting that there are currently seven sworn officers, two sergeants, and a chief. They are not based at school sites. Instead, they respond to calls for assistance from school sites and other district locations. This Wednesday night, the Board will consider one or more proposals to eliminate the OUSD police department, set a timeline for doing so, and to establish a process for developing an alternative safety plan.

Our budget continues to change.
The Board of Education will vote on the adoption of OUSD’s budget for the 2020-21 school year. This budget is different from most budget adoptions because (1) the state of California is on track to adopt a budget that will almost certainly change between now and August; and (2) our own education model for this fall (and associated costs) are still being determined in partnership with our labor partners. Therefore, we are using the Governor’s May Revise proposal which requires OUSD to make an additional $16.5 million in reductions. Instead of making specific reductions, we are passing a resolution acknowledging that we must make the reductions that are necessary after the state’s funding has stabilized and our educational expenses for next year are known with greater detail. In fact, the Governor and Legislature announced a deal this morning, but have not shared the details yet.

To be clear, if nothing changes from the Governor’s May budget proposal, OUSD will face significant budget reductions this fall after the August revision. We all need to be prepared for that possibility.  (Click here for the presentation and memo)

Your input is needed on a possible facilities bond
Our recently adopted Facilities Master Plan identifies $3.3 billion in facilities needs across the District. As a result, OUSD is considering placing a bond measure on the November 2020 ballot.
A Bond measure is the main way for OUSD to raise the money we need to repair and replace our facilities.  However, the maximum amount such a bond measure can raise is ~$735 million.

Given that we need $3.3 billion, but can only raise  $735 million, we need to prioritize the projects we can take on. Determining the list of projects to include in the Bond Measure is incredibly challenging.  (Click here for more background) To assist in this effort, we are asking for community input through a community survey (see here for results to date). If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take 5 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. The deadline to submit your responses is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23.

Update on reopening in the fall.
One last thing: We are committed to communicating the latest progress we’ve made on our reopening plans for this fall. I provided an update at the June 10 Board meeting (click here for video) and will do so again on Wednesday during my Superintendent’s report

In the meantime, please visit our website for more information and to find ways to get involved.
Please share your thoughts
Respectfully,
Kyla Signature  
Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell
Superintendent
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