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MBEF Increase its Grants to Save Teacher Jobs

As recently reported by the Manhattan Beach Education Fund

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA –  Last night, MBEF President Nina Patel announced that the foundation had approved $5.385 million in grants to the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District at the district’s monthly board meeting.

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The grant includes an additional $385,000 of funds from last year’s grants.   MBEF has requested those funds be specifically earmarked to save teacher jobs – especially to keep small elementary class classes small, to retain reading specialist jobs, and to maintain small humanities and English classes in the sixth to ninth grades.

In March, MBUSD issued layoff notices to 26.4 full-time equivalents (known as FTEs).  Since that time, MBUSD has looked for ways to find savings in other line items, like books and supplies.  With the additional MBEF grant money combined with such savings, MBUSD will be able to rescind those layoff notices and retain most of those teaching positions.

The school board voted unanimously to accept the increased grant money and voted to make plans to inform teachers that pink slips will be rescinded.

Earlier this year, MBEF raised another record-breaking year of donations with its Annual Appeal posting more than $4.7 million.

About Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is an independent 501 (c) 3 non-profit established by parents and community leaders to support quality public education in Manhattan Beach.   Since 1983, MBEF has granted much needed funds to supplement state funding and has helped MBUSD continually rank in the Top 1% of school districts in California.  With more than 3,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5 million, MBEF is one of the oldest and most successful foundations in the state.  For more information, visit www.mbef.org.

 

Whales!

Why we love the South Bay

The whales are migrating!

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Photograph by Nick Birnbaum published in the Easy Reader

According to the Manhattan Beach Patch, two gray whales were recently seen just off the Manhhatan Beach Pier.

The Easy Reader also reported a gray whale within a mile of shore.

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Photograph by Tim Hammond as published in the Easy Reader

And in Rancho Palos Verdes at the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Visiting Center, researches reported the largest pod of gray whales seen in thirty years. (see the NBC San Diego story here with video of the enormous pod!)

And, not to be outdone, a few Orcas got into the action as well!

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(see article at LAObserved.com)