Cuts to local school district possible if tax hike rejected

The Berkeley Unified School District could see cuts totaling more than $3.2 million if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike is not approved, based on the proposed state budget for 2012-13. At its meeting Wednesday, the district’s Board of Education discussed several scenarios for how the district — which has a
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Annotated agenda for Jan. 25 school board meeting

The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education will hold its meeting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Read an annotated agenda below, and a packet with more detailed information here: Soumya Karlamangla is the city news editor.

Community members gather around warm water pool at Berkeley High School Wednesday evening to hold a mock funeral.

‘Funeral’ marks closure of Berkeley high’s warm water pool

To recognize the closure of Berkeley High School’s warm water pool, roughly 40 people gathered for a “funeral” Wednesday evening to express their discontent at losing the facility, which is set to have its last day of operation Thursday. The pool  —  which city residents have fought to keep open for
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Brenzan Kim and Nick Chien, both students at UC Berkeley, work with a participant in the SNAP program at the warm water pool.

Special Needs Aquatic Program in need of new pool

For 20-year-old Oakland resident Jackie Donovan, being in the water at the Berkeley High School warm water pool is the only time during the week that she is free from the confinement of her wheelchair. Donovan, who has severe cerebral palsy, is a member of the Berkeley Special Needs Aquatic
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The Berkeley City Council discussed options for new council chambers at its meeting Tuesday night.

Berkeley council members discuss move out of Old City Hall

Berkeley City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to direct city staff to prepare a report weighing various options and possible sites for the relocation of the council chambers once the building is vacated due to poor seismic safety. The council asked that city staff bring the report before the
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Berkeley teachers, students join Occupy Movement at general strike

Hundreds of teachers and students from Berkeley and Oakland schools participated in the general strike Wednesday in Downtown Oakland, where upwards of 3,000 protesters marched in the streets in support of the Occupy movement. In the Berkeley Unified School District, 24 employees — all teachers — asked for the day
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Interdistrict transfers raise contention

Around 500 students transfer from different cities to attend schools in the Berkeley Unified School District each year — an issue that has raised much contention among some community members who believe local tax money should only go toward Berkeley residents. Interdistrict transfers, in which students assigned to other school
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