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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Preliminary Report on School District Split Suggests Mandates Would Be Met

BY BILL KOENEKER

Advocates for Malibu Public Schools, or AMPS, organizers returned to the Malibu City Council chambers this week to spread what they consider to be good news for their cause—separation of a Malibu district from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District..
 A consultant, who was hired by AMPS, told them the preliminary report has led them to believe the split of the school districts would meet the nine criteria mandated by the state
Local school advocate Craig Foster told the council two weeks ago the preliminary results of the study to determine if the school district can split into Malibu and Santa Monica districts are back and AMPS independent consultant has indicated both districts meet the nine point criteria.
“We would be $4.6 million better off as a separate district. The full report is coming soon,” he said.
Foster noted the report is scheduled to be released for the Oct 4 board meeting, which will be held in Malibu.
AMPS organizers have planned a public meeting at the City Hall community room for Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
“It is a pleasing development and more investigation is to be done,” Foster added.
Mayor Lou La Monte said the preliminary report was very encouraging.

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