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VC school superintendents meet with local press

From (l. to r.): Alex Wilson, KVTA Radio News Ventura; Stan Mantooth, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools; and Dan Wolowicz, Editor, Moorpark/Camarillo Acorn

School superintendents from across Ventura County met on Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m., with members of the press to discuss new Common Core State Standards, Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans. The meeting was held in Camarillo at the Ventura County Office of Education, 5189 Verdugo Way. Stanley C. Mantooth, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, led the meeting and told attendees, “Surveys, meetings and other ways are now a required components to help us reach the parent populations. Many of you heard me make the speech about the three-legged stool. The parents are one of the stool’s legs. Schools will not stand effectively without parent participation.”

Mantooth continued, “The acronym LCFF stands for Local Control Funding Formula, which is a new way to allocate funding to California schools following the passage of Proposition 30.”

Local media representatives invited were: Rick Hazeltine, Moorpark/Camarillo Acorn; Wendy Leung, Ventura County Star; Jean Moore, Ventura County Star; Manuel Munoz, Editor, Vida Newspaper; Lance Orozco, KCLU Radio; Stephanie Sumell, Moorpark/Camarillo Acorn; Alex Wilson, KVTA Radio News Ventura; Dan Wolowicz, Editor, Moorpark/Camarillo Acorn; and Peggy Hunt, Publisher, Tri County Sentry Newspaper.

District superintendents invited were: Debbie Cuevas, Briggs; Dr. Jeff Baarstad, Conejo; Dr. Alan Nishino, Fillmore; Dr. Jerry Dannenberg, Hueneme; Dr. Michael Babb, Mesa; Teresa Williams, Moorpark; Jeanine Gore, Mupu; Dr. Tony Knight, Oak Park; Dr. Craig Helmstedter, Oceanview; Dr. Hank Bangser, Ojai; Dr. Cesar Morales, Oxnard; Dr. Gabe Soumakian, Oxnard Union High School District; RaeAnne Michael, Pleasant Valley School District; Dr. John Puglisi, Rio; Kari Skidmore, Santa Clara; Alfonso Gamino, Santa Paula; Dr. Kathryn Scroggin, Simi; Colleen Robertson, Somis; Dr. Trudy Arriaga, Ventura; Dan Stepenosky, Las Virgenes; and Stan Mantooth, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools.

The Local Control Accountability Plan was also discussed. School districts are required to submit a plan to show how schools will spend new revenue. To compile the accountability plan, public input is required.

Manuel Munoz, publisher of Vida Newspaper said, “I was very disappointed when the school dropped a science program that my daughter had signed up for due to low participation.”

Under Common Core, the new standardized tests will be computerized and test scores are expected to drop. One attendee said it’s a new way of teaching and analyzing information.

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