PIEDMONT -- The city's sports clubs' agreement to contribute to the newly established Athletic Facilities Preservation Fund was formalized at the school board meeting.

The board approved 4-0, with trustee Roy Tolles absent, a memorandum of understanding through June 30 that the sports clubs collectively will pay no less than $24,500 toward the fund.

The money will go into a special account to be used for maintenance, repair, refurbishment or restoration of district athletic facilities, such as Witter Field. The clubs will decide among themselves how much each will pay to reach the promised goal.

The concept of an athletic facilities fund was broached two years ago by now-board President Rick Raushenbush. The city also will contribute to the fund. Monies raised by the sports clubs will go to district facilities, while money raised by fees and the like from the city, will go toward rehabilitation of city facilities such as parks.

Participating clubs are Piedmont Soccer Club, Piedmont Baseball/Softball Foundation and Skyline/Piedmont Lacrosse Club. The president of the Piedmont Basketball Foundation told the board they too would like to contribute. Discussions will be held with that organization separately. The basketball foundation has contributed more than $50,000 toward refinishing of gym floors at the high school, repair of score boards and the like.


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"This is a huge step in the right direction," trustee Ray Gadbois said. "Thanks to all the sports clubs to help solve the problem."

The board also unanimously approved the second interim financial report, a snapshot of the district's budget, which shows its ability to meet its obligations for 2012-13 and two subsequent fiscal years.

The passage of Measure A school parcel tax, which goes into effect July 1, 2014, ensures there will be no teacher layoffs, Assistant Superintendent Michael Brady said. Measure A will replace the current school parcel tax all homeowners now pay. The eight-year term of the new parcel tax will provide stability to the quality programs the district offers, school officials said. The tax will bring in more than $9 million per year to district coffers.

For the first time since 2008, there will be an increase in per-pupil funding, Brady said, thanks to the governor's budget using funds from the passage of Proposition 30 to move districts toward formerly fully funded levels of 2008. Between the governor's proposed state budget act of 2013-14, Measure A and Proposition 30, programs will be sustained through 2014-15, Brady said.

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