Superintendent to present schools update, Sept. 14

Superintendent to present schools update, Sept. 14

Alberto Carvalho

Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho will discuss 2015-16 school year planning during his annual appearance before a Kendall audience on Monday, Sept. 14.

The public is invited to hear his commentary on plans for Miami-Dade schools at 7 p.m. at the Kendall Village Center Community Pavilion, 8625 SW 124 Ave., and ask questions on specific issues and programs.

His address is one of series of Town Hall meetings sponsored by Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations throughout the year to keep residents informed about county government, political issues and community affairs. In the past, Carvalho has used the Kendall platform to update specifics on new programming and upgrading facilities of area schools.

Now beginning his eighth year as head of the nation’s fourth largest school district with 392 schools and 345,000 students. Carvalho labeled the comingschool year as “a moment of transformation” during an opening of schools address, broadcast on WLRN/Channel 17, Aug. 20-21. “We must resolve to transform education as we know it, to prepare our students for the challenges and promises of tomorrow,” Carvalho said.

“We must turn ourselves right, not simply heading in a new direction, but directing ourselves in new ways, ways perhaps not yet imagined.”
His budget for the new school year focuses on increased magnet options, access to technology, programs for disabled students, counseling services, bilingual language competency and safety, said Susan M. Racher who chairs the Treasury Advisory Board for Miami- Dade Public Schools.

In July, plans were announced to issue $200 million in bonds largely for cashflow needs and district-wide upgrade of projects. Such funding would be drawn from the $1.2 billion general obligation bond issue approved by voters for renovating facilities, updating technology and building school replacements.

Renovations and other projects costing $10 million will continue Carvalho’s 21st Century Schools initiative, according to Leo Fernandez, school district treasurer. Bonds are paid off by property taxes that are labeled “school debt” on a residential tax bill, separate from the line item indicating the school’s district tax.

For information about KFHA and meeting details, call 305-439-3571.


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