School Board Holds First Meeting of 2010

The Temple City School Board held its first meeting on January 6, 2010.

Written by TAYLOR EVANKO / Published January 15, 2010

On Wednesday, January 6th, the School Board for Temple City Unified School District held their first meeting of 2010.

First was the resolution to approve naming La Rosa Elementary School Instructional Resource Center the “Bregoli Resource Center” in honor of TCUSD Instructor and Administrator Elmo Bregoli, a request made by Board Vice President Matt Smith. Bregoli, who recently passed away, had been president of the Temple City Kiwanis Club in 1975.

Also on Wednesday evening, William Block gave the annual E-Rate overview and update to the Board. “E-Rate,” Block explained, “is a federal program administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the direction of the FCC.”

E-Rate gives discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications services, internet access, internal connections, and basic maintenance of internal connections.

The level of discounts given is based on the city’s socio-economic status based on surveys designed to obtain such information.

Normally, TCUSD receives a 60% discount however, due to concerns that the surveys, mainly based on the percentage of students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program, the FCC has approved an alternative method to determine discount levels, giving TCUSD reason to believe to they will qualify for a 70% discount on eligible services.

Finally, the Board held a discussion on the possibility of receiving funds in the Federal Race to the Top Competitive Grant by signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

If California applies for a share of the total $4.5 billion by January 19, it is expected to be one of the states to receive this grant as long as many district sign on to the memorandum. Superintendent Kang-Smith and many other board members expressed hopefulness that TCUSD would very likely receive a portion of the funds if some of the money is given to California.

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