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Posted on December 24 at 8:28 a.m.

Should be averages $160,000 per year..not $1,600. Ed Heron

On School Distrcit Refinances Bond

Posted on December 11 at 2:44 p.m.

Unfortunately their was an error in the report generating these numbers. The totals were dramatically higher than reality. A correct version will be generated soon. I'm sorry we didn't recognize how obviously unrealistic these numbers were before we approved this one page. If you have any questions please contact me at edheron@cox.net or 687-7639. Ed Heron, President of the SB School Board.

On Teachers Receive Pay Raise

Posted on December 11 at 10:21 a.m.

As the article indicates $17,000 is "taxpayer's money" and the balance will be from community members who value education. This will be a valuable new learning environment totally different from what the School District was going to provide as a temporary replacement of the shade area. Ed Heron, President of the Santa Barbara School Board. Please call or e-mail me with any questions on this or other educational topics: edheron@cox.net or 687-7639

On Expensive Shading Structure Coming to S.B. High School

Posted on April 17 at 8:37 p.m.

Nancy is the very best!

On Santa Barbara's Cafeteria Queen

Posted on December 14 at 9:57 p.m.

Please.. Give the neighbors a break. Many have lived in their homes for 20 to 30 years and love the school. Have never complained at all and love the music. They understand how valuable it us to education. Unfortunately due to some unique issues the constant 4-6 hours a day of repetitive drum beating (not the music) has just proven to much. The parades are now over and La Cumbre wants to be a good neighbor and will make the effort to make schedule changes to reduce the noise level. It is more difficult as a result of the auditorium undergoing a multi million dollar renovation and not currently available for practice. The neighbors are good people and have always been very supportive of the school and will continue their support in the future I'm sure. Ed Heron, School Board Member. Please call me with any questions. 687-7639.

On Neighbors Complain About Junior High Drum Practice

Posted on October 24 at 5:29 a.m.

WilleyBB. Your comments are the ones that are outrageous. I'm happy to discuss the issue with anyone. Just call 6877639. Ed Heron. School Board Trustee. .

On Mixed Report Card

Posted on December 8 at 10:40 a.m.

Below is the contact information for the Senior Exemption. Every year the School District advertises in local papers the information about how and where to obtain this information prior to the deadline. Hopefully Seniors will think about the benefits of education in our community and the additional programs these funds provide to children prior to making any decision to request an exemption.

Senior Citizen Tax Exemption Applications: The senior citizen tax exemption applications will be available in January 2013. Please contact Alma Flores, aflores@sbsdk12.org, to request to have the application e-mailed to you when it is available.

I intend to ask the School Board to discuss the issues brought forward in this article as part of any decision to sell additional bonds.It should be pointed out that a large proportion of the District's bonds are not of the type described. If we are to maintain and renovate our 179,000 square feet of school buildings our options are fairly limited. Call me 687-7639 or email me anytime edheron@cox.net if you have questions or suggestions. School Board Member

On Ticking Time Bond

Posted on November 2 at 10:36 p.m.

I'm not sure where your 50 percent number comes from. Just Google Proposition 98 and you will see that Education has not received the promised amount for years. Currently Education receives about 77 percent of what It is entitled from the State. It was recently declared constitutional that the Governor has the right to take the money regardless of what Proposition 98 required. A and B are for four years and 30 is for 4-7 years. I simply don't believe that if passed similar measures would follow year after year.
I would like to add that I am very proud of the cross section of the community that supports me for another 4 years including Democrats and Republicans. I have not received any financial support from any source and have no expenses to report. For a complete list of my supporters please go to www.edheron.com

On Ed Heron, Fiscal Hawk

Posted on November 2 at 3 p.m.

1) The local Teacher's Association and the teachers they represent in the four years I've been on the School Board have made very few if any of what I would call demands They have worked closely helping to adjust downward revenue and expenses by $20,000,000 during this time period. The have agreed to take 7 furlough days which amounts to a 4% salary reduction. In the hardest vote I've had to make I did vote NO on a off schedule increase using Federal Funds because I thought it was not fiscally correct but lost 4-1.
2) The Race to the Top opportunity is just partially based on performance accountability. There are at least 4 or 5 other threshholds that have to be met and we along with many other Districts in California simply do not meet them. We will in the future and will work with the Teachers Association and I believe they will be cooperative in the process as long as it is fair.
3) I was not on the School Board when H & I were put on the ballot in June, 2008 or any of the previous bonds over the years but I did support H & I and it was not a result of the 2008 economy meltdown. They specifically were for "enhancements" to existing programs. No one had any idea that in the following four years the economy would tank and the State would stop funding education in accordance with Proposition 98. I did vote for the Bond Funds in 2010 along with the majority of the Santa Barbara community and I would be happy to take anyone on a tour of our 22 schools and show you the many outstanding improvements to our facilities that have been made and still to be made as a result. Our technology infrastructure was "crumbling and shocking" in 2008 and now we have wireless capability at every school and the infrastructure to support it. The District has 179,000 square feet of facilities and the only way to make structural upgrades or needed additions to them is with Bond Financing. I am very proud of that vote and am sure our students receive a better education as a result.
4) As it is explained above I tried very hard to get the amount asked for in A&B reduced and was partially successful. I supported the motion because if it is not passed the School District will need to reduce programs and services by $1,700,000 starting July 1, 2013 and these could include reductions in music, math, science, the performing arts and technology. I can't believe our community wants this to happen. If 30 doesn't pass the School District may lose $6,000,000 this year and in future years. If this happens beginning implementation of these serious results will be seen starting February 28, 2013. Will we see you at this meeting so that you can watch first hand the drastic results on our teachers and administrative staff of voting no if they happen to fail?
The voters can decide whether or not I'm a hawk or vulture. Please. If anyone has any questions please call me on my cell, 895-4586 or by email at edheron@cox.net anytime.

On Ed Heron, Fiscal Hawk

Posted on September 26 at 12:24 p.m.

Just to clarify. It has come to my attention that I should have made it clearer that my comments on Proposition 30 represented my feelings, reasoning and intent as an individual and not as a member of the School Board. Ed Heron

On Santa Barbara Educators Support Proposition 30

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