From the daily archives: Thursday, May 31, 2012

By Mario Conde

The Calexico School Board will consider the layoff of classified staff at today’s regular meeting.

The Board of Trustees of the Calexico Unified School District has given consideration to the District’s budget, expenses, and staffing needs projected for the 2012-2012 school years.

The district said in its agenda backup information that the due to the lack of work and/or lack of funds, the Board of Trustees had determine that the best interest of the District would be served by the elimination/reduction in services, classified employees will be subject to layoff for lack of work and/or funds.

The position to be eliminated will be one Project Office Assistant, Migrant Office Assistant, Migrant Parent Liaison, nine ASES Parent Liaison Positions, eight ASES Campus Security Positions, one ASES Campus Security Position, and one District Service Assistant.

The board will also vote to ratify the tentative agreement between the District and the Associated Calexico Teachers. The District and the ACT met in a 15 hour fact-finding meeting earlier this month where they finally came to an agreement after months of disagreements on both sides regarding the budget. Calexico teachers voted two weeks ago and ratify the agreement and will now go to the Board for final approval.

The Calexico School Board Meeting will take place today at 6:00 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room located at 1251 E. Zapata St.


Convenes First California-Jiangsu Joint Economic Committee


SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown’s Senior Advisor on jobs and business development Mike Rossi today hosted a Chinese delegation led by Vice Governor of the Jiangsu Province, Fu Ziying. Rossi and Ziying also convened the inaugural Joint Economic Committee between California and Jiangsu to discuss increased collaboration, trade and investment between our two regions.


“Today is an opportunity to bring our two economies closer together,” said Rossi. “California and Jiangsu already maintain a strong trade and investment partnership and we are committed to strengthening our economic ties with China through increased collaboration.”


In February 2012, Governor Brown met with Secretary Luo Zhijun, Jiangsu’s highest ranking official, in Los Angeles during a Chinese delegation trip to California. Governor Brown also met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and discussed the importance of collaboration between California and China. Today’s joint economic committee meeting will advance the partnership between California and China in areas including promoting tourism, increasing two-way trade and investment, developing new energy resources, promoting innovations in science, technology and biomedical; strengthening education, and more.

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