Separation Process

MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT... COMING SOON!

With the support of the Malibu community, AMPS has been working tirelessly for the creation of an independent Malibu Unified School District.  Much progress has been made in the past year and now the end is finally in sight!  

  • July 15, 2015: The SMMUSD Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) presented the fiscal implications to the Board of Education related to the creation of Malibu Unified School District.  During its report, the FOC concluded that the separation of SMMUSD into an MUSD and SMUSD would not cause a substantial negative effect on the fiscal status of a new MUSD or SMUSD.

  • November 19, 2015 – Based on new information from the state regarding funding for a separate SMUSD and MUSD, the FOC provided the Board of Education with an update to its July report regarding fiscal implications of a Malibu unification.

  • December 17, 2015 - SMMUSD Board of Education approves process for negotiating to resolve financial concerns regarding a separate SMUSD and MUSD - the Malibu Unification Negotiation Committee.  
  • January 21, 2016 - SMMUSD Board of Education ratifies the three members representing SMMUSD on the negotiations committee.  Malibu City Council appoints three members representing the Malibu community.  

The Malibu Unification Negotiation Committee has been meeting once a week since March 2016 to outline the terms under which the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s (SMMUSD) Board of Education can grant Malibu independence and thus the creation of the Malibu Unified School District.  

The negotiating committee is continuing to meet through the summer of 2016.  The negotiations are focused on consulting reports and essential studies that outline the legal and financial details of separation.  AMPS promised to raise funds for these essential studies currently being undertaken by the Procopio Law Firm and School Services of California, Inc.

 

2012
May 2012
January 2013
May 2013
July 2013
November 2013
January 2014
February 2014
March/April 2014
May 2014
2014
May 2012
A group of Malibu residents form Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS), a group whose purpose is to provide a unified voice and advocate for excellence in the Malibu public schools. It becomes clear to AMPS that the best way to achieve excellence in Malibu schools is to gain local control of our district, thus starting the movement for an independent Malibu Unified School District.
January 2013
WestEd is a research, development and service agency, working with the education community to promote excellence, achieve equity and improve learning for students. WestEd was recommended to AMPS from a senior adviser at the Gates Foundation.
May 2013
Presentation of the WestEd Feasibility Study at the first AMPS Town Hall Meeting, the initial outreach to the Malibu community on the process of separation.
November 2013
Several questions pertaining to the SMMUSD parcel tax, bond indebtedness and other topics, including those associated with the California Teachers Union and Classified Employees Union, were answered in the second phase of the WestEd study.
January 2014
AMPS and the SMMUSD Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) begin discussion on financial and legal aspects raised in the second WestEd study.
March 2014
AMPS is endorsed by all five Malibu city council members, as well as the three candidates for city council. In addition, AMPS is endorsed by all four of the Malibu School PTAs, the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, the Malibu Chamber of Commerce and the Malibu Special Education Foundation.
May 2014
AMPS and Malibu Chamber of Commerce move into shared office space in Malibu Civic Center.