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Lodi Unified School District trustees plan to discuss venue for graduation with city

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:39 am

The venue for future Lodi and Tokay graduations are still in limbo after Tuesday night’s Lodi Unified School District board meeting.

Lodi Unified may open talks with the City of Lodi to make the Grape Bowl the location for future graduations after a public hearing on the issue, but nothing is certain.

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  • wendy coe posted at 9:43 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    wendy coe Posts: 39

    Last night at the LUSD Board meeting and from the agenda was the list of costs that graduations at UOP Spanos Center and the Grape Bowl. The presentation was a power point slide presentation. The costs was presented as following:

    Cost of Two Graduations
    UOP $ 18,400 (Facility $15,600, Transportation for practices $ 2,800

    Grape Bowl: $ 30,000 plus $ 3,570 JUA * value
    Maintenance staff overtime: $20,00, Security $9,000, Portable restrooms $1,000.

    This power points leads you to believe UOP was a cost savings for the district.

    Well looking back on the January 14, 2014 Agreements/Contracts approved at this LUSD board meeting, the 5th contract item approved was an agreement with UOP to provide rental of UOP Spanos Center for LUSD 2014 Graduations Ceremonies for 2013/14 for $31,200.00: restricted General Fund, Specialized Secondary Programs.

    So my question is what was the actual costs of the graduations at UOP Spanos Center?
    My other questions are: how was costs for the Grape Bowl determined? Was the rental for the Grape Bowl $3,570 only to JUA? Maintenance staff overtime seems quite excessive, because normally custodians were taken off the regular site during regular work hours for most of the work. I understand portable restrooms are not needed now. But, $9000 for security seems excessive.

    And can the other items of concern over the Grape use be worked out with the City of Lodi?

    So what is the truth on cost????

  • wendy coe posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    wendy coe Posts: 39

    I believe the Mitchell Reinz the paper is talking about is Mitchell Renz, a past Lodi High graduate.
    I also read the word may open talks with the City of Lodi on this subject, nothing concrete for the future on discussions and looking into the matter.



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