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|Next School Board Meeting Could Determine Path Toward Santa Monica-Malibu Split|
By Jonathan Friedman
April 10, 2017 -- There is only one meeting of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) board this month, but that lone session is a big one. The hot topic of school district separation is on the April 20 agenda.
Transforming the portion of the SMMUSD in and around Malibu into a separate school district, a process oddly officially known as “unification,” is a move that has been in the making for many years.
A milestone was reached in February when a special committee composed of Santa Monica and Malibu residents reached an agreement on the many financial complexities of district separation (“Panel Reaches Proposed Agreement on Santa Monica-Malibu School District Split,” February 28, 2017).
This included a discussion before the Malibu City Council that featured many tough questions, but lots of applauding and concluded with the council approving a brief resolution to “urge the school board to approve the committee’s recommendations.”
That school board vote for approval could come shortly after the April 20 meeting.
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