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December 11, 2019

Longtime Reed Union School District board member Dana Linker Steele has resigned from her position one year before her term was set to expire, creating an immediate vacancy on the five-member board. Serving as a trustee of the Reed district has been a highlight of my life — both personally and professionally — but the time has come for me to move on,” Linker Steele wrote in a letter announcing her resignation, which is effective as of today, Dec. 11. The school district is accepting applications for appointment to Linker Steele’s seat through Jan. 13. Candidates must be registered voters who live within the boundaries of the Reed district, which includes Tiburon, Belvedere, Strawberry, Paradise Cay and East Corte Madera.

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December 4, 2019

Groves, a nurse who works as a program coordinator for Marin County Health and Human Services’ Emergency Medical Services Agency, visited all of Del Mar’s sixth-grade physical-education classes Nov. 20-21 to teach the students how to administer hands-only CPR and how to stop traumatic blood loss. With the help of personnel from the Tiburon Fire Protection District, Groves walked the students through the steps they should take if someone falls into cardiac arrest or if someone is injured and losing blood. The county has been offering the training to local schools for years, partly in response to a state law passed in 2016 that requires students, starting with the class of 2019, to learn hands-only CPR as a requirement for high-school graduation. (Frank Fennema photos / For The Ark)

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November 27, 2019

Bel Aire Elementary School will get new fencing and gates in front of its main office as part of a plan to make the campus more secure — but similar safety measures proposed for Del Mar Middle School will be delayed until the Reed Union School District maps out its long-term facilities master plan. The district board of trustees at its Nov. 12 meeting voted 4-1, with member Amy Jacobs dissenting, to approve a fencing plan for Bel Aire that as designed would add L-shaped fences with electronic gates on either side of the school’s main office to cut off access to the campus from the school’s parking lot. The plan also calls for fencing and a gate restricting access to the staircase that leads to the school’s multiuse building.

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November 14, 2019

The Tamalpais Union High School District is poised to place a 10-year parcel-tax increase and extension on the March 2020 ballot that would raise the annual tax by $190, to $645, in its first year — extra revenue officials say will keep the district financially stable and able to maintain its current level of academic programming for at least the next several years. The proposed higher tax would supersede the existing tax, which is set to expire in June 2022, and run through June 2030. It would carry a 3-percent annual cost-of-living escalator, putting the tax at about $842 per parcel of land by its expiration.

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November 7, 2019

A 12-year parcel-tax renewal and extension the Reed Union School District says is vital to retaining teachers and maintaining programs won an easy victory on the Nov. 5 ballot. Measure E, which renews the existing $589 parcel tax with an annual 3-percent escalator through June 2031, was approved by 73.5 percent of voters in the election; it needed two-thirds approval to pass. The measure was posed to residents of the district, which covers Tiburon, Belvedere and part of East Corte Madera; it was the only local measure on the ballot. 

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