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October, 2013

posted Oct 30, 2013, 2:11 PM by Jeff Charles
Hello San Diego & Imperial Members and Guests,

2013 has been a year of interesting events for Merit districts, as well a successful one for our regional as well as state orgnizations.  Early in the year was the CSPCA Annual Conference, organized this year by the Southern California regional group. The conference took place in late February at the Paradise Pier Hotel and environs, a.k.a. Disneyland!  Themed “Supporting Student Learning Through Merit”, the conference received overwhelmingly positive feedback and was very well attended.   

Of note locally was our quarterly General Membership meeting in March which featured a great discussion with CSPCA Exec. Director George Cole and a many of our local group's members, with topics ranging from ongoing legal and procedural questions facing Merit districts to conference strategies, etc.  At our June meeting we had an excellent presentation by Eric Hall to reprise his prior presentation on the state of the budget in California as it pertains to school districts, outlook for the near-terms, and education finance in general.  More recently we had a regional dinner meeting at which Commissioner John Jarboe, Esq., delivered an excellent presentation on Hearings and Appeals in Merit System districts. Noteworthy also at that event was the presentation of the Duane Eppele Award to a very deserving T.R. Lin, Director from La Mesa Spring Valley.  The group was also updated on news at the local and state levels, as well as upcoming events and training.  

Of note with regard to training was the 2012/13 Merit Academy, run successfully at two locations simulaneously and ushering in CSPCA's distance-learning era.  For the coming year, Merit Academy, previously held in the Fall months, will be moved to a Winter/Spring timeframe to better accommodate newly-appointed commissioners (terms begin in January).  The upcoming 2014 Merit Academy dates will be firmed up and posted on the CSPCA website:  www.meritsystem.org  

Finally, we look forward to the upcoming CSPCA Annual Conference, to be held in San Jose, February 6th through the 9th, 2014.  Please check the CSPCA website in the coming weeks for program information:  www.meritsystem.org  

Please check back as we update and expand this website, and thank you to all SDCSPCA members for your support.

Best regards, 
Jeff Charles