Parent representatives are needed for the formation of an Elementary Math Materials Adoption Committee. The process will lead to an adoption recommendation that will
be presented to the PAUSD Board of Education in the spring of 2009. Applications must be received by September 12, 2008. You may download additional information and application form
As students of certain Palo Alto schools head back to the classroom, they will have new learning tools, courtesy of a local company. Rambus Inc., one of the world's premier technology licensing companies specializing in high-speed memory architectures, has donated over 200 laptop computers for use in the schools of the Palo Alto Unified School District, and Casa dei Bambini.
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The Palo Alto Unified School District's Stadium Synthetic Turf Project for the
two high schools, Gunn and Paly, was completed on the target date of Friday,
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Dr. Kevin Skelly, Superintendent, has announced the seven Palo Alto residents he will recommend to serve on the Citizens' Oversight Committee for the Measure A bond. Those selected have accepted and will be recommended to the Board of Education at a meeting scheduled for August 19.
Skelly commented, "While it is sometimes the case that an insufficient number of applications are received, there were over 40 applicants for the seven positions. The most heartening aspect of this selection process has been to see the commitment to service and the clear interest in the District's success that came through in all the COC applications."
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In preparation for its sale of bonds, the Palo Alto Unified School District's rating was raised from AA+ to AAA by Standard & Poor's, making it one of just six California school districts with that rating and the highest rating possible from the rating agency. This rating was done in preparation for the first issuance of $120 million worth of bonds associated with Measure A, which passed with a 77.5% approval by District voters in June. The District plans to sell the first series of bonds in September.
The upgrade reflects the District's "consistent" financial performance, "strong and diverse" economy . . . and "low" debt levels, said Standard and Poor's analyst Shannon Groff in a report..
In addition to review by Standard and Poor's, the District's bonds have been rated by Moody's, resulting in an Aa2 rating, the highest rating any school district in California has at this time..
Dr. Bob Golton said, "We are extremely pleased with these ratings for two reasons. First, they confirm the financial strength of the District. Perhaps more importantly, though, these high ratings will save the taxpayers money because high ratings by these agencies mean lower interest costs for the District, and, therefore, less tax for District property owners than they would otherwise pay.".
Contact: Bob Golton, Co-Chief Business Officer @ 650/329-3980