Before the regular Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, the Huntington Beach Union High School District is throwing a party to honor "Life Long Learners" from Huntington Beach Adult School, and as part of regular business, the school will be honored. But supporters of the school are in no mood to celebrate. They will mark the occasion by delivering to the board letters asking that they abandon plans to essentially kill the adult school.
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Last Friday, students and teachers were informed district Superintendent Van W. Riley (pictured) would be proposing to the board the elimination of 80 percent of the programs at the adult school, which has been open for 38 years. "This will negatively impact approximately 300,000 students that have been through the Adult School's doors," states a fax supporters sent to the media this morning.
The timing is rather odd given the agenda the district's five board members are preparing to wade through. At 7 p.m., "a reception will be held in honor of the students from the
Of course, desperate times call for desperate measures. But HBUHSD is faring better than many other districts financially, at least according to a letter Riley distributed to all employees on Jan. 21 that pops up on the opening page of the district website. Reacting to fears about state education cutbacks and Controller John Chiang's "cash crisis" warnings, Riley states, "the district has positioned itself with adequate reserves as a consequence of implementing a proactive approach to conservative cash management, maintaining reserves above those mandated by the state for our size of district, implementing freezes on hiring and spending where possible, and setting aside unallocated state categorical funds."