The Malibu Times Publishers Arnold and Karen York announce the 2012 Dolphin Award winners. The awards recognize contributions made by individuals or groups to the Malibu community. Those recognized are in many ways more than contributors, rather they help make up the backbone of the community.
Proponents Are Preparing to Pursue Next Step in Complicated Procedure Known as ‘Unification.’
by Suzanne Guldimann, January 31, 2013
An independent study of the feasibility of breaking away from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District to form a separate Malibu school district has been finalized.
The report, prepared by education consultants West-Ed and commissioned and funded by Advocates for Malibu Schools, finds that, “based on the analysis of data, interviews, and re view of information, most of the state criteria for reorganization are met. There are a few criteria for which specific conditions must be addressed before the criteria can be considered to be met.”
A recently released report commissioned by Malibu parents has found that Malibu meets many key requirements necessary to break off from Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, though several questions remain.
The feasibility study, funded by the local group Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS), gauged whether Malibu meets nine separation criteria laid out in the state’s Education Code. It determined that an independent Malibu school district would garner sufficient enrollment (approximately 1,500 students) and enough property tax and bond revenue to stay financially afloat.
MALIBU — A study commissioned by parents shows that a Malibu-only school district could meet most of the legal requirements for leaving the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, but many questions remain regarding how the process can move forward.
Dear Employees of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, July 25, 2012
As most of you know, a proposal has been brought to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education regarding an effort to create a separate Malibu Unified School District. The Board has taken no action regarding this proposal. We know there is discussion about this in our school communities and wanted to send this joint communiqué to ensure we are keeping employees up-to-date on the status of the proposition and how the District is involved in the process.