After appointing Phil Hu to fill Mayor Trish Spencer's unexpired term and making interim Superintendent Sean McPhetridge the permanent Superintendent, AUSD was able to reach one year agreements with its labor unions.
With all of this good news it would appear AUSD can look forward to smooth sailing. However, storm clouds are gathering on the horizon. The Board will have to select a replacement from a pool of 5 applicants for Niel Tam and this Board will then have decide if 2016 is good year to place a ballot measure to replace the expiring parcel tax.
In 2015, the school board will have to decide how to prioritize how to spend over $65 million for elementary and middle school sites. The initial plans approved by the former school board will have to reviewed to determine what timeline is feasible and the impact on school operations.
The Appeals Court has ruled that a portion of the Measure H is invalid. The Appeals court has directed the lower court to determine how plaintiffs can have their portion above $120 per parcel returned to them. The amount of monies in question are approximately $2.4 million per year for the three years it was collected. The subsequent parcel tax (Measure A) was not appealed and therefore will stand.
After granting a rehearing, the Appeals Court reaffirmed its initial ruling that the portion of Measure H impacting commercial property is invalid.
In June, 2014, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal. As a result, the case will return to Superior Court for determination on how refunds will be issued. AUSD issued this press release.
In November, 2014 the refund application was posted on the District website.
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