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CJ Cammack
Superintendent
ccammack@martinez.k12.ca.us

Sue Casey
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
scasey@martinez.k12.ca.us
925-335-5908

Superintendent's Message - April 2018

Inspirational Poster
MUSD Community, 

This month’s newsletter comes on the heels of some very difficult news recently shared with our staff and community.  Despite that reality, it remains important to continue our regular communication to share information and developments across the District.

In local media, you may hear about an email hoax regarding threats of violence at schools across the Bay Area. This threat did not specify any school by name, and the same message was sent to Superintendents across Contra Costa County and Alameda County, as well as other places throughout California.  I did receive this email hoax today, and in collaboration with other local Superintendents and the Martinez Police Department, determined that this was not a credible threat.  

As we return from spring break each year, we are reminded that this really is the start to the “home stretch” of the instructional year.  We have nine more weeks of school left, which means there is still quite a bit of work to be done by our students and our incredible staff, but it also means there has already been so much learning and superb instruction for our students over the last seven months.

New Campus Plan Approved for John Muir Elementary

There are many exciting developments happening throughout Martinez Unified each week.  One of the most recent events I am excited to share with you happened at our last Board of Education meeting on March 26th.  Thanks to the support of our community and their passage of Measure R, we are able to provide funding through general obligation bonds to help rebuild John Muir Elementary School.  This is the first and largest project slated for Measure R funding. The Board of Education heard recommendations from a subcommittee of John Muir Elementary staff and parents which has been reviewing potential designs for reconstruction.  During the last Board meeting, a tentative plan was approved to move forward with more specific design details. The initial plan, which may be altered in some minor fashions as design elements are fully explored, includes more classrooms, a much improved flow of traffic, and a complete redesign of the entire campus.  John Muir students will be able to remain in attendance at John Muir, and most current classes will remain operational during construction. The new school buildings will be constructed on the back side of of the school campus. There are still many details to be decided, and an incredible amount of work remains to get the designs approved by the Department of State Architecture along with many other steps prior to any construction, which we hope to start in the summer of 2019.  While we remain focused on those steps still to come, I am pleased to share with you a picture of the “rough” design of the approved plan. Thank you to our community for their support of addressing our aging school facilities. Thank you to our community for the support of Measure R! Your support of our schools allows this type of exciting project to become a reality. Click here to see the recently approved design: New Campus Design - John Muir Elementary

Superintendent's Budget Advisory Committee

As you know from my prior newsletters, the District’s fiscal condition remains an area where further actions and reductions will be needed unless the state provides a significant increase in funding.  There is some discussion at the state level to provide more funding for public schools. Two bills are currently being discussed which would provide an increased level of funding from our state legislation. I am hopeful the state will take action to provide schools across California with more adequate funding that our students and staff deserve.

However, until there is any actual increase in funding, we must plan for what is currently projected based on the Governor's proposed budget.  This year, we implemented over one million in reductions, most of which was done without significantly impacting our school site staff and/or school programs.  However, based on our current budget and the state’s projected allocation in the next few years, the District believes we will need to reduce an estimated three million dollars in expenditures over the next three budget cycle.  These further reductions cannot be made without impacting multiple aspects of our district programs and overall operations.  In the coming weeks and months we will be convening a Superintendent’s Budget Advisory Committee consisting of certificated staff, classified staff, parents, and administrators.  The committee will collaborate on ways to make needed reductions and also discuss other ideas to help address these fiscal challenges. It is important to our Board of Education and myself that voices from various stakeholder groups are included in this discussion.  If you are a parent and are interested in serving on our subcommittee, please feel free to contact me directly, ccammack@martinezusd.net

Do you know someone who loves to draw/design/create art? If so, make sure they read the next section of this newsletter for their chance to win prizes and recognition for creating the next Shell/MEF Run for Education Logo and T-Shirt! See the info below...

 

Picture of CJ CammackSincerely, 

CJ Cammack, Superintendent
Martinez Unified School District

Shell/MEF Run For Education Design a T-Shirt Contest

The 16th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education will be Sunday September 30, 2018. The 5k/10k Run/Walk is a fundraising event that benefits all MUSD schools. We are seeking student designs for the t-shirts used to promote this event. The winning entry from 2017 is shown below.

Design Winner

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Upcoming Events

Apr

25-28

AHS Spring Musical

May

7

AHS Jazz Concert

May

9

MJHS Spring Concert

May

15

AHS Spring Concert

Please check with your school site for more specific information on events and activities

Check out the new Aeries App!

Aeries App
 

Now you can access the Aeries Parent portal with an app on your phone!  With the Aeries Mobile Portal app you can see grades as soon as they’re entered, view class summaries, dive down to assignment grade details, or check on tardies and absences from anywhere in real time!  Just download Aeries Mobile Portal from the App Store or Play Store, select your school, and login with the same email and password that you used for online registration.  The app currently only supports parental use; student use is still in development.  Stay tuned for updates!