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Elk Grove Unified and the Elk Grove Education Association Celebrate the Day of the Teacher

Photo: Markofer teachers enjoy a breakfast in their honor in recognition of CTA’s Day of the Teacher.

Photo: Markofer teachers enjoy a breakfast in their honor in recognition of CTA’s Day of the Teacher.

 

Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D. and Elk Grove Education Association President Tom Gardner joined the Florence Markofer Elementary community on May 14, 2008, at a breakfast in celebration of the California Teacher Association’s Day of the Teacher. 

The event was in celebration of the dedication and commitment of EGUSD teachers.  The breakfast was part of a weeklong salute to teachers. This year’s celebration was the 26th anniversary of the day to recognize teachers for their contributions to education and the lives of California’s children. This year’s theme was, “California Teachers: Making a Difference Every Day.”

Board President Brian Myers, Markofer Principal Eric Murchison and Parent Teacher Association President Carrie Woolstencroft, who is also a teacher at Elitha Donner Elementary, welcomed teachers and thanked them for their commitment to students.  Board Member Pamela Irey was also in attendance. 

Photo: PTA president and Elitha Donner Elementary School teacher Carrie Woolstencroft addresses Markofer teachers at the Day of the Teacher breakfast.

Photo: PTA president and Elitha Donner Elementary School teacher Carrie Woolstencroft addresses Markofer teachers at the Day of the Teacher breakfast.

 


“Today is a time for us to take pause and celebrate, appreciate, and honor the hard work of each one of our teachers here at Florence Markofer Elementary School,” Principal Murchison said.  “On behalf of the students, families, and friends of Markofer School, we thank you for your commitment, dedication, and true hard work for our students.  You truly make the difference every day.”

Photo: EGEA President Tom Gardner and EGUSD Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D. discuss the morning’s events.

Photo: EGEA President Tom Gardner and EGUSD Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D. discuss the morning’s events.

 


President Gardner and Superintendent Ladd thanked teachers for their dedication and addressed the state’s budget crisis. The event took place just hours before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released the May budget revise.

 “It is a true honor for me to celebrate the Day of the Teacher with my colleagues in the Elk Grove Unified School District. We do this each year as a small token of our appreciation for the great successes that teachers have with students each and every day,” EGEA President Tom Gardner said. “We live in a society that often does not fully appreciate the contribution that teachers make in affecting the lives of students. Huge state budgetary challenges are on the horizon, but we know that teachers will continue to meet these and other challenges, and will continue to serve and support students to the best of their abilities. Today we honor their calling and hope that legislators will do what is right in order to support these celebrated individuals.”

Photo: Associate Superintendent for PreK-6 Education Dr. L. Steven Winlock and Director of Elementary Education Lind Meyerson chat with a Markofer teacher.

Photo: Associate Superintendent for PreK-6 Education Dr. L. Steven Winlock and Director of Elementary Education Linda Meyerson chat with a Markofer teacher.

 


“Each year we take time to stop and recognize the important contributions the 3,200 certificated staff members make to the children of our community,” Superintendent Ladd said. “Their work greatly influences the future of our community, state and nation.  And yet here we are in what is supposed to be the Year of Education, facing the possibility of the largest dollar cuts to public education in the history of our state. Our legislators must do better. Legislators must find solutions other than cutting public education to resolve the state’s budget crisis.”

EGUSD staff members are in the process of analyzing the Governor’s May revise and its impact on the district’s budget. The May revise is another step in the process of determining the state budget. The budget now moves to the legislature for approval.

Until the district has information on what that final budget may look like, EGUSD is moving forward with cuts that would allow the district to submit a balanced budget as required by law by July 1. In order to make those cuts, the Board of Education took action at a special meeting on May 14 to eliminate 81 teaching positions. Those positions include high school teachers, instructional coaches and counselors. 

Information about the potential impact of the Governor’s May revise on EGUSD will be posted on the district’s Budget Watch page as information becomes available.

 

Spotlight Archives
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2008
May 6, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified School District’s 2008 Employees of the Year
April 28, 2008 - Sacramento County Educators Host Budget Forum at State Capital
April 16, 2008 - EGUSD Launches New Attendance Campaign Videos
April 4, 2008 - Winners selected for 3rd Annual Superintendent’s Art Contest
March 26, 2008 - Megaconference Jr. 2008 - Arthur C. Butler Students Take Their Voices to the World
March 17, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Joins Call to Fix Governor’s Proposed Budget
March 4, 2008 - Elk Grove Unified Hosts Sacramento County Superintendents’ Press Conference on State Budget Cuts
Feb. 19, 2008 - 4th Annual High School Conference helps train the leaders of the future
Jan. 16, 2008 - Laguna Creek High School hosts ConnectEd Policy Site Visit
Jan. 02, 2008 - Senior Attendance Drive returns for second year

2007
Dec. 12, 2007 - John Ehrhardt Elementary students combine academics and community service
Dec. 03, 2007 - EGUSD’s Commitment to Service Learning Honored
Nov. 15, 2007 - Winners announced for No Excuses – Go to School Rhyme & Poster Contests
Nov. 13, 2007 - Veterans Day celebrated at Elk Grove Unified
Oct. 23, 2007 - Time of Remembrance Project and Website
Oct. 15, 2007 - Markofer Elementary offers “Donuts for Dads/Muffins for Moms"
Oct. 3, 2007 - EGUSD elementary schools participate in Walk to School Day
Sept. 18, 2007 - Options abound on new College and Career website

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