Santa Cruz City Schools Reports Good News on Budget

Details at June 3rd Meeting

On May 20, 2015, the Santa Cruz City Schools Board got some good news: District staff provided a budget projection for the coming school year and the numbers were looking better than any budget projection since Proposition 98 became law in 1988. 

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on projections for the upcoming year: “The numbers, said Jim Monreal, assistant superintendent of business services, were turned on their head — in a positive direction — by the governor’s annual May budget revision. More definite information will be provided during a June 3 district budget advisory committee meeting, he said.”

For more information, please see the article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: (

To hear how this fiscal windfall will effect our local schools next year parents and community members are encouraged to attend the Budget Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:30 pm, at the Santa Cruz City Schools District office, Room 312, 405 Old San Jose Road in Soquel.

Harbor High School’s 35th Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, May 22 at DeLaveaga Golf Course

The Harbor High School Golf Teams proudly present its 35th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at the beautiful DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz. This very special event features a shotgun format, cart, lunch, tee prizes, and dinner by El Palomar Restaurant. There will also be items from local businesses for a silent auction.

The Harbor High Golf Team along with the other athletic teams at Harbor High School can use your support.  State and district budget cuts have forced individual schools and Athletic teams to assume greater financial responsibility for support.  The team greatly appreciates the community’s support, and gladly accepts donations.

To register contact Scott Bedell, Tournament Director, at or 831.588.2506.                                                                                                                                                      


Harbor High Event to Raise Funds for College Scholarships

Annual Pirate Festival Will Be Held May 8

harborHarbor High’s ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) is hosting their annual Pirate Festival on Friday, May 8 from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. This event raises funds for college scholarships for Harbor High’s English Learning Students (ELD). Come support Harbor High at this event featuring taiko drumming, folkloric dancing, a DJ, games, food and more! Admission is free.


More information can be found here.

Local School Students Work to Protect Our Shores

Students from Gault Elementary Battle Invasive Ice Plant

ocean-restorationAs a part of the Ocean Guardian restoration program, students are working together with volunteers to remove the invasive succulent from our shoreline.  “In addition to removing the invasive plants, students are growing ten native species from seed and planting over 3,000 of these native plants in the restored sites. These newly planted coastal sites are already showing signs of positive changes with the increased presence of migratory birds and native pollinators like bees, butterflies.”

This program is supported by community partners including the City of Santa Cruz, Seabright Neighborhood Association, California State Parks, US Geological Survey, California Native Plant Society, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, Patagonia, UC Santa Cruz, and the California Coastal Conservancy.

Read the article and see photos here

Santa Cruz City Schools Conduct Online Survey

District Requests Parent Input into Funding Priorities

Santa Cruz City Schools is asking parents of students in the district to take an online survey giving input into funding and programming priorities. The results will be shared with the School Board and Budget Committee.

Kris Munro, District Superintendent, writes:

“We are incredibly fortunate that our schools benefit from the generosity of our community. Parcel taxes currently ensure that our students are supported with small class sizes, arts and music programs, counselors, librarians, life lab programs and more. The state’s new funding formula has different impacts on different districts.  Santa Cruz City Schools is not a winner in the state’s new funding model.  It is the support of our local community that truly enriches our school programs.

“We do not anticipate significant new revenue from the state, but we value the input of our community and we want to hear from you about your priorities and needs. This allows us to plan and to seek out resources. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your feedback.”

Complete the survey using the link below:


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