School board to review consolidation of alternative education programs

Move expected to save district $1.2 million annually, help retain staff

As dropping enrollment forces the San Ramon Valley School District to get creative with its funding, one cost-saving measure the district is pursuing is the combination of its alternative education programs, a move the Board of Education will discuss at its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

District staff estimate that combining the Del Amigo High School in Danville with San Ramon's Venture Independent Study School, will save the district approximately $1.2 million annually.

With the exception of its adult transitions program, all Del Amigo programs will be transferred over to the Venture campus located at Dougherty Valley High School starting next school year. District officials say the cost-saving measure will help ensure no loss of employment for staff members at either site.

District staff will discuss the change with the school board and review public comment at Tuesday’s meeting.

The SRVUSD Board of Education is set to hold its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the district offices, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* Trustees will join thousands of other agencies from across the country and recognize March as Women’s History Month corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8.

* March is also set to be recognized as Art History Month.

* The board will also hear a presentation on the 2019-20 education budget proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Posted by Stephanie
a resident of Danville
on Feb 5, 2019 at 5:58 am

Continuation school consolidation.
I feel this would be benificial not only to our district budget, but also a newer school with more possible options for the students. I pass by the Del Amigo location almost daily thinking how abandoned and forgotten the school looks like. Students can not take pride and feel positive attending such a place.
In consideration of these students parents now forced to drive out to Dougherty, saving 1.2 mil, very worth offering a bus system to ease frustration.

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Posted by Good move but....
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm

I'm glad the school district is looking at how they can save money and agree with their decision except for having the program at Dougherty Valley HS. I personally don't think many of the students and families at that school are open to helping students who struggle. AP is the only way for many Dougherty Valley families.

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