City Okays FUA Compromise with School District

School Board to weigh in on the issue soon.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published March 9, 2012 

Without any complaints or dissenting votes from individual council members, the city of Temple City agreed to a multiyear facilities use agreement with the Temple City Unified School District.

The city council unanimously approved the compromise negotiated by the City-School District standing committee members during the August 16, 2011 city council meeting.

The agreement, if approved by the school board, will last for five years and asks the city to contribute $25,000 annually to the school district.

Additionally, the city’s contribution will rise by 3 percent each successive year.

For example, the city will pay $25,000 for the first year, $25,750 for the second year, and $26,500 the third year, et cetera.

The school board, which rejected a previous offer suggested by veteran councilmember in June, will consider the new agreement on August 24.

The existing FUA expired on June 30. As a result, the city has been forced to pay the school district $2500 per month as both sides negotiated on a compromise.

Earlier this summer, a divided city council, led by Councilman Fernando Vizcarra, proposed paying the school district $20,000 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Mr. Vizcarra, who said he had “heartburn” with the agreement, has been a stern opponent of giving the school district any month.

In 2009, the city began paying the school district an annual contribution after the school board complained about the inequity in terms of use.

District officials argued that the city was using their facilities more than the school district was using city facilities.

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