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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1999
Ending a sometimes acrimonious 3 1/2-month impasse, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and its teachers union reached a tentative settlement this week in contract negotiations for the coming school year. The settlement gives teachers what they had been holding out for: a 6% salary increase for most teachers effective Feb. 1, 2000. The school district's original offer was a 5.75% raise.
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OPINION
November 27, 2011
If a well-heeled neighborhood of Los Angeles wanted better police protection, would it be OK for the residents to donate money to their local police station so it could assign an extra patrol car to their streets? Most people would rightly say no. Law enforcement is a public service; taxpayers support it for the safety of all, to be deployed as needed to provide the best protection for the city. Residents might hire a private security guard for their neighborhood, but they cannot reshape public allocations of resources to benefit themselves through private donations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997
Santa Monica school officials are celebrating the opening of a $5-million campus housing two elementary schools. The campus is home to the first new campuses in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in nearly 30 years, said Art Cohen, a district assistant superintendent. Money from a voter-approved $75-million bond to renovate the district's schools paid for the project. "It looks wonderful," said Cohen of the campus on Ocean Park Boulevard, just blocks from the beach.
OPINION
August 21, 2011 | By Frederick J. Zimmerman and Beth Warshawsky Ricanati
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is scheduled to vote this week on whether students need sugar to make healthy choices. Of course, the vote won't be structured that way, but sugar is what's at stake. The school board will vote on whether the district should eliminate sugared milk from its lunchtime offerings. Sugar will not go quietly. Last year, 76% of the milk served in the district was chocolate-flavored. Because each half-pint carton of flavored milk contains 8 grams more sugar than skim milk, last year alone about 5,600 pounds of added sugar was smuggled into children's diets through flavored milk.
NEWS
May 11, 1995 | CAROL CHASTANG
Two elementary schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have been named California Distinguished Schools. Will Rogers and Roosevelt schools are among 211 elementary schools statewide to receive the honor this year.
NEWS
June 12, 1986
Eugene Tucker is the new superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. He succeeds Supt. George Caldwell, who retired after 10 years with the district. Tucker, 56, is the former superintendent of the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos. He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from UCLA. Tucker has a four-year contract, with a salary of $80,000 a year.
NEWS
June 6, 1985
In response to a nationwide challenge from students in New York City, students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have collected about $18,500 in donations for famine-struck Ethiopia, according to officials. Supt. George Caldwell said that contributions averaged $1.80 a student. "On a per-capita basis, this far outstrips the efforts in Los Angeles and New York City," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1992
Members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board have agreed that condoms should be available at district high schools, but opinions on how they should be handed out ranged from a "help-yourself, fishbowl method" to requiring visits with a counselor who encourages abstinence from sex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A tally of the last remaining ballots in Tuesday's special election shows that a parcel tax measure for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has won approval, the county registrar of voters said Thursday. The final tally was 12,146 yes votes, or about 68%, to 5,819 no votes, or 32%. The measure required two-thirds approval. On election night, it had only a 55-vote margin. The $225-a-year tax on each piece of property in the district is expected to bring in about $6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has fallen two weeks behind schedule in completing reconstruction of Santa Monica High and is making contingency plans to have portable classrooms ready when school begins Sept. 4. District Supt. Neil Schmidt said work on the project has been going on for four years as part of a $100-million districtwide reconstruction program. Ralph Mechur, a member of a nine-member parental oversight committee, called the schedule tight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica middle school teacher who allegedly molested five of his female students will face nine additional charges today involving three new victims, officials said. Thomas Arthur Beltran, 60, is expected to be arraigned today on the new charges, which allegedly involve incidents spanning from September 2000 to June 2004, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A tally of the last remaining ballots in Tuesday's special election shows that a parcel tax measure for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has won approval, the county registrar of voters said Thursday. The final tally was 12,146 yes votes, or about 68%, to 5,819 no votes, or 32%. The measure required two-thirds approval. On election night, it had only a 55-vote margin. The $225-a-year tax on each piece of property in the district is expected to bring in about $6.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Pink slip protesters paraded through the Third Street Promenade on Saturday. They chanted "save our schools," and denounced state budget cuts to education, which resulted in 207 Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District employees receiving layoff notices last month. Police and protest organizers estimated between 400 and 500 marchers took part. "The cuts proposed by the state of California are unacceptable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Neil Schmidt, former superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and once the schools chief in Fillmore, has taken the helm of Ventura County's second-largest school district. Conejo Valley Unified School District officials this week hired Schmidt as interim superintendent while they search for a permanent replacement for former schools chief Jerry Gross. After eight years in the Thousand Oaks district, Gross left in June to head a larger school district in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1999
Ending a sometimes acrimonious 3 1/2-month impasse, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and its teachers union reached a tentative settlement this week in contract negotiations for the coming school year. The settlement gives teachers what they had been holding out for: a 6% salary increase for most teachers effective Feb. 1, 2000. The school district's original offer was a 5.75% raise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has fallen two weeks behind schedule in completing reconstruction of Santa Monica High and is making contingency plans to have portable classrooms ready when school begins Sept. 4. District Supt. Neil Schmidt said work on the project has been going on for four years as part of a $100-million districtwide reconstruction program. Ralph Mechur, a member of a nine-member parental oversight committee, called the schedule tight.
NEWS
June 11, 1992
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will begin charging some Malibu students for bus transportation this fall in an effort to help offset a projected $1.2-million budget shortfall for the coming school year. More than 300 students who travel by bus from Malibu-area neighborhoods to Cabrillo Elementary School, Webster Elementary School and Malibu High School will be asked to pay $195 for a one-year bus pass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has received a $516,600 grant from Blue Cross' California Endowment to fund an infant and family support project designed to link parents with social and medical resources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1997
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has received a $516,600 grant from Blue Cross' California Endowment to fund an infant and family support project designed to link parents with social and medical resources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997
Santa Monica school officials are celebrating the opening of a $5-million campus housing two elementary schools. The campus is home to the first new campuses in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in nearly 30 years, said Art Cohen, a district assistant superintendent. Money from a voter-approved $75-million bond to renovate the district's schools paid for the project. "It looks wonderful," said Cohen of the campus on Ocean Park Boulevard, just blocks from the beach.
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