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Board approves $3 million in budget cuts

Board approves $3 million in budget cuts

Summer Solomon

March 6, 2019


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The Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) board of trustees unanimously voted on Tuesday, February 26 to approve the budget cut recommendations that superintendent Tara Taupier proposed to the board on February 12. The decision to approve the budget came after a combination of rising enrollme...

Final budget reduction recommendation reduces impact on BACR

Final budget reduction recommendation reduces impact on BACR

Benjy Wall-Feng

February 13, 2019


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Superintendent Tara Taupier presented her final budget reduction recommendation to the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) board of trustees on Tuesday, February 12. The recommendation, which contains a proposed $2.8 million in annual districtwide cuts, is a revision of the draft recommendation whi...

Editorial: District in Decay

Editorial: District in Decay

Editorial Staff

February 7, 2019


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Beginning in 2016, the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) saw a precipitous drop in the General Fund, a reserve of past surpluses saved for the prospect of a district-wide crisis.The debacle is frustrating for two distinct reasons. With the passage of Measure J, the district adds a projected $...

District approves early retirement plan

District approves early retirement plan

Logan Little

February 6, 2019


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The Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) board of trustees passed the Public Agency Retirement Services’ (PARS) supplementary retirement plan (SRP) in an effort to reduce district expenses on Tuesday, January 29. The retirement plan, offered to both certificated and classified staff, will allot those who choo...

Taupier and Elsen discuss budget, potential cuts at community forum

Taupier and Elsen discuss budget, potential cuts at community forum

Benjy Wall-Feng

January 27, 2019


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This article was first published on January 23, 2019, and updated on January 27. In a community forum at Tam on Wednesday, January 22, district superintendent Tara Taupier and chief financial officer Corbett Elsen presented the current Fiscal Advisory Draft Recommendation to a crowd of about 50 stude...

Measure J passes, implements parcel tax to mitigate district budget crisis

Measure J passes, implements parcel tax to mitigate district budget crisis

Milo Levine and Skye Schoenhoeft

November 28, 2018


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Measure J passed with 74 percent of the vote on Election Day, November 6. According to the official Marin County website, this measure “protects high quality education with local funding that cannot be taken by the state” by implementing a levy of an additional $149 per parcel for four years, on t...

Petition to close county schools due to smoke gains 80,000 signatures

Petition to close county schools due to smoke gains 80,000 signatures

Kennedy Cook

November 14, 2018


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In response to heavy smoke and an air quality index rating of 174 (considered “unhealthy”) from the Camp Fire in Butte County, concerned parents, students, and teachers hoped for school to be cancelled on November 13 for health purposes. An online petition on change.org named “Keep Us Safe: Unhe...

Aftermath: sexual harrassment training

Benjy Wall-Feng and Benjy Wall-Feng

September 25, 2018


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An email sent by Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) superintendent Tara Taupier to members of the community on September 11 discussed the district’s “ongoing response to the issues of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.” One of the strategies cited by Taupier was the sexual hara...

District appoints new superintendent

District appoints new superintendent

Benjy Wall-Feng

September 20, 2018


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Dr. Tara Taupier was named as the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) superintendent in an August 28 press release. The announcement followed the sudden June 30 resignation of former superintendent David Yoshihara and the subsequent appointment of interim superintendents Dr. Walt Buster and Dr. Valeri...

Tam Partner Program with COM

February 2, 2017


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College of Marin (COM) began a college readiness program in collaboration with Tam High, called Compass, at the start of the second semester. The program’s goal is to improve the readiness of low income and first generation college students, according to assistant superintendent of educational...

District Experiences Staff and Board Turnover

District Experiences Staff and Board Turnover

Marina Furbush

June 5, 2015


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Next school year will see a lot of turnover in district administration,.Superintendent Laurie Kimbrel and Assistant Superintendent of Education and Human Resources Michael McDowell will leave the district June 30, and Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Facilities Lori Parrish also retired April...

Teachers Pilot New Haiku Online Gradebook

Teachers Pilot New Haiku Online Gradebook

Avi Cahn

March 25, 2014


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This semester a group of teachers have begun using Haiku, a website created to input grades on a four-point scale. The website, offered by the district for teachers to pilot, is a way to implement the “standards based grading” system put in place to support the Common Core curriculum, which divides...

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