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Posted on December 8 at 10:40 a.m.
Below is the contact information for the Senior Exemption. Every year the School District advertises in local papers the information about how and where to obtain this information prior to the deadline. Hopefully Seniors will think about the benefits of education in our community and the additional programs these funds provide to children prior to making any decision to request an exemption.
Senior Citizen Tax Exemption Applications: The senior citizen tax exemption applications will be available in January 2013. Please contact Alma Flores, firstname.lastname@example.org, to request to have the application e-mailed to you when it is available.
I intend to ask the School Board to discuss the issues brought forward in this article as part of any decision to sell additional bonds.It should be pointed out that a large proportion of the District's bonds are not of the type described. If we are to maintain and renovate our 179,000 square feet of school buildings our options are fairly limited. Call me 687-7639 or email me anytime email@example.com if you have questions or suggestions. School Board Member
On Ticking Time Bond
Posted on November 2 at 10:36 p.m.
I'm not sure where your 50 percent number comes from. Just Google Proposition 98 and you will see that Education has not received the promised amount for years. Currently Education receives about 77 percent of what It is entitled from the State. It was recently declared constitutional that the Governor has the right to take the money regardless of what Proposition 98 required. A and B are for four years and 30 is for 4-7 years. I simply don't believe that if passed similar measures would follow year after year. I would like to add that I am very proud of the cross section of the community that supports me for another 4 years including Democrats and Republicans. I have not received any financial support from any source and have no expenses to report. For a complete list of my supporters please go to www.edheron.com
On Ed Heron, Fiscal Hawk
Posted on November 2 at 3 p.m.
1) The local Teacher's Association and the teachers they represent in the four years I've been on the School Board have made very few if any of what I would call demands They have worked closely helping to adjust downward revenue and expenses by $20,000,000 during this time period. The have agreed to take 7 furlough days which amounts to a 4% salary reduction. In the hardest vote I've had to make I did vote NO on a off schedule increase using Federal Funds because I thought it was not fiscally correct but lost 4-1.2) The Race to the Top opportunity is just partially based on performance accountability. There are at least 4 or 5 other threshholds that have to be met and we along with many other Districts in California simply do not meet them. We will in the future and will work with the Teachers Association and I believe they will be cooperative in the process as long as it is fair.3) I was not on the School Board when H & I were put on the ballot in June, 2008 or any of the previous bonds over the years but I did support H & I and it was not a result of the 2008 economy meltdown. They specifically were for "enhancements" to existing programs. No one had any idea that in the following four years the economy would tank and the State would stop funding education in accordance with Proposition 98. I did vote for the Bond Funds in 2010 along with the majority of the Santa Barbara community and I would be happy to take anyone on a tour of our 22 schools and show you the many outstanding improvements to our facilities that have been made and still to be made as a result. Our technology infrastructure was "crumbling and shocking" in 2008 and now we have wireless capability at every school and the infrastructure to support it. The District has 179,000 square feet of facilities and the only way to make structural upgrades or needed additions to them is with Bond Financing. I am very proud of that vote and am sure our students receive a better education as a result.4) As it is explained above I tried very hard to get the amount asked for in A&B reduced and was partially successful. I supported the motion because if it is not passed the School District will need to reduce programs and services by $1,700,000 starting July 1, 2013 and these could include reductions in music, math, science, the performing arts and technology. I can't believe our community wants this to happen. If 30 doesn't pass the School District may lose $6,000,000 this year and in future years. If this happens beginning implementation of these serious results will be seen starting February 28, 2013. Will we see you at this meeting so that you can watch first hand the drastic results on our teachers and administrative staff of voting no if they happen to fail?The voters can decide whether or not I'm a hawk or vulture. Please. If anyone has any questions please call me on my cell, 895-4586 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
Posted on September 26 at 12:24 p.m.
Just to clarify. It has come to my attention that I should have made it clearer that my comments on Proposition 30 represented my feelings, reasoning and intent as an individual and not as a member of the School Board. Ed Heron
On Santa Barbara Educators Support Proposition 30
Posted on September 25 at 12:59 p.m.
I voted with our Board to support Proposition 30 with the understanding that there is no guarantee as to what will happen if Proposition 30 passes but we definitely believe it will result in $6,000,000 to the Santa Barbara Unified School District for this school year and future years. I can guarantee that if it doesn't pass our teachers and staff will take 7 furlough days this school year, our students will have 5 fewer school days and we will potentially have the same $6,000,000 problem for the next school year. I can also let you know that we currently only receive less than 80% of what Proposition 98 promises our school district and it was recently confirmed by a Superior Court Judge that their is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits the state from redirecting funds away from schools. I'm voting for Proposition 30 because it still is best for the education of our children this year and future years. We should be increasing and not decreasing days in the classroom. It takes a simple majority to pass. If you have any questions regarding this please give me a call at 805 687-7639 or email me at email@example.com. Ed Heron, Trustee, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Posted on September 9 at 12:01 p.m.
Sorry. My phone number is 805 687-7639. Ed Heron
On Reform Candidate Joins School Board Race
Posted on September 9 at 11:55 a.m.
As a current member of the Santa Barbara School Board and up for re-election in November I do enjoy reading these on-line discussions and often learn a great deal as a result. As a School Board member we must at times rely on advisors who hopefully know much more than we as individuals can possibly know especially when it comes to finances, Three things I can add in the way of clarification based on these professional advisors from unions, government and private industry. 1) We currently receive less than 80% of the funds "mandated" by Prop 98 and this "redirecting away from schools" was just upheld as constitutional in June, 2) If Prop 30 does not pass our staff at all levels will take 7 days of furlough this year resulting in a 4% salary reduction and 5 less school days for our students (similar furloughs or more budget cuts in future years will follow) and 3) If Parcel Tax measures A and B fail to pass we will have an additional $1.7 million to cut in 2013-14 along with reductions of an additional $2.1 million we already know we need to take. I personally don't want to see our staff take salary reductions, our students lose 5 days of school and I don't like seeing the current program enhancements (thanks to H & I which are expiring) in programs such as music, technology, science, performing arts, foreign languages and math potentially on the chopping block. No matter what your views are for the future these decisions deal with today's reality and should not be held "hostage" to demands for long term change. I'm happy to discuss these issues or anyting else at any time. My phone number is 806 687-7639 or by email at edheron.com. You can also visit my website at edheron.com. Thank you for your active participation in this discussion.
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