The School Board meeting tonight, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., is packed with important, controversial and possibly game-changing issues. Thank goodness it will take place in City Hall’s Council Chambers (9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City 90232) because we can expect a crowd beyond the capacity of district headquarters.
For starters, the legality of a no-bid contract worth approximately $400,000 for the new CCUSD sports complex will be discussed. The sports complex itself has been a controversial issue (read more in Culver City Progress) as has been the process of allocating millions of dollars in the district’s capital improvement funds.
This very subject spurred the creation of a new community-led group called Accountability for Culver Education (ACE), dedicated to transparency and accountability in CCUSD decision-making. Read their open letter to the community here.
Later on the agenda, the four capital improvement projects themselves will be voted upon: sports complex improvements, elevators to make the middle and high schools ADA compliant, Robert Frost Auditorium renovation and the solar power initiative.
ACE’s recommendations for improving the way capital funds are managed are also on the agenda, though why the recommendations will be considered after the vote on the proposed projects is counter-intuitive, to say the least.
The evening will include a farewell reception to honor the two outgoing board members: Member and former Board President Steven Gourley, who decided not to run for re-election, and current Board President Scott Zeidman, who earlier this month lost his re-election bid by a mere 38 votes. (If you think your vote doesn’t count, think again.) The reception will take place during a 20-minute recess of the Board meeting in the Dan Pattachia room of City Hall.
Following the reception, public participation at school board meetings will be discussed. Highlights of the new proposals include limiting the length of board meetings and clearing the room and arresting members of the public who are deemed “disruptive.” Don’t believe me? Download and check out item 14.1a on the agenda (p. 47).
Hope to see you there!