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It’s official … and state budget update

Submitted by on 1, May 14, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

On Tuesday night, the Board of Education unanimously okayed Mike Cooper as acting principal of Encinal High School. Cooper, who taught in Oakland and was at Island High for nearly a decade, has been filling the principal’s chair since Tony Kuns’ resignation was announced nearly a month ago. Cooper had been an Encinal vice principal. Kuns, a journeyman administrator whose resignation (and retirement, per board Trustee Mike McMahon’s website) is effective June 30, is apparently working out of the district office. He reportedly left the principal’s post after less than a year on the job because of the district’s budget problems. (That’s also part of the reason he gave for leaving his principal’s post in Santa Cruz after two years.)

And speaking of budget problems, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to present his revised budget proposal for next year this afternoon. According to this article in the Chron, the governor will propose borrowing against future lottery earnings to close an anticipate $15 billion budget gap, something that will require voter approval. If that doesn’t work, he’ll propose a temporary 1 cent increase in the sales tax. According to the Chron’s Matthew Yi, the governor dropped his request for deep cuts in education, but he’d also nix schools’ cost-of-living increases to the tune of $4 billion. (Last night, the school board also okayed layoff notices in anticipation of a budget crisis.) We’ll have more on the new budget numbers and what they’ll mean for our schools as it comes.

On a lighter note, Shirley Clem was named acting principal of Otis Elementary on Tuesday night. She’ll take over for Jeff Knoth, who’s moving to a spot in the district office, this summer.

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