A Message from Superintendent Yantz
Dear SPUSD Community,
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ―John F. Kennedy
Looking back on the past several years, I have a renewed feeling of hope and gratitude knowing everything that we have faced, improved and worked through to advance the South Pasadena Unified School District. I am so touched by our community’s support of the school district, our students who continue to grow and excel, and our employees who conscientiously approach teaching, learning, and assisting with our day-to-day operations.
In South Pasadena, we are so very fortunate that SPEF, the PTAs and Booster Clubs continue to help fund the divide between what the state and federal government provide for our schools, and the funding that is needed to grow programs and services that surround our students with high quality, educational opportunities. On top of filling the funding gaps, these local organizations continually provide opportunities for families to socialize, learn, and grow together while building a community of encouragement. This year, we look forward to returning to some of our favorite in person events like the upcoming Tiger Run and the ever-popular Parti Gras fundraiser, and more, in addition to supporting a plethora of student clubs, activities, and teams in their endeavors throughout the year.
Measure SP funding continues to help us improve our facilities. We now have students working in buildings that just a few years ago were only sketches on paper including the SPHS STEM building, the Athletics facility and the new SPMS Arts Building. Our portable-to-permanent classroom projects at the elementary schools are moving right along and within the next few months will be open to our elementary students for their arts lessons and more. We are also grateful for the support of Measure S which continues to fund salaries for teachers, school staff, and academic programs.
Thank you also to our strong school board leaders. While we said farewell to Dr. Suzie Abajian this fall, we are eager to work with our new school board member, Karissa Adams, who will join the board in December 2021.
Thank you for your continued support. I very much appreciate the opportunity to work with you all—especially our amazing students—every day, and I look forward to all of our accomplishments in the future. Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving week.
Geoff Yantz, Ed.D.