March 29, 2013

District Looks For Ways to Avoid Some Layoffs for Now

Dear Parents:

At Wednesday's  board workshop, district administrators presented a plan that would reduce MBUSD's budget deficit by $2.5 million.  With non-personnel cost reductions and additional revenue, fewer staff reductions may be necessary, at least for the upcoming year.  No formal action was taken at the workshop and the proposal is likely to evolve over the coming months.  The plan gives MBEF guidance as we begin determining our grants for next year.  We will work closely with the school board, administrators, and PTAs to ensure your donations are put to their higest and best use.  Please continue to send us your comments and questions.  Have a great spring break. 


Nina Patel, MBEF President  

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A special Thank You to our $5,000 and above donors.  Your generousity is so very much appreciated this year. 


FOCUS ON GRANTS: Counseling Makes a Huge Difference at Mira Costa  This month, seniors and parents across the country await those thick and thin envelopes from college admissions offices.  With acceptance rates at historical lows, the landscape of who gets the nod has certainly changed.  But Mira Costa graduates are faring better than ever.  Read More

Downtown Business Association

Farmers Market Donations Part of  "Think Local First"

Local business owners like Chandra Shaw are trying to get residents to "think local first" when they are contemplating purchases.  Studies show that a mere 10% shift in spending reaps rewards for local communities; as these purchases are much more likely to generate additional revenue in towns.   So whether its lemons or luxury items, a little shift might mean big for all of us.   Read More

Our Team

School Board, MBEF & PTA Advocate in  Sacramento  

On March 13th, fourteen parent leaders sojourned to Sacramento to advocate for public education and Manhattan Beach schools. School board members Ida VanderPoorte, Ellen Rosenberg, Penny Bordokas and team met with more than 40 elected officials and staffers regarding  state education funding and related issues.  The daytrip is an annual tradition but this years' trip was even more  critical, due to sweeping funding reform proposed by Governor Brown.  Read More  


Selected links to inspire you, educationally speaking:

Special Event:  MBMS Science Night, Friday, May 3rd, from 4 to 8 p.m. Volunteers needed. Click here for more.

Article:  How California voter's view Brown's School Finance Reform.  Read here or email the Governor here.

Article: Find out how to boost Early Math Skills here

Video:  Get inspired by Kahn Academy founder Salman Kahn's TED Talk

Book: Sticks and Stones, by Elizabeth Bazolon - More here

MBEF would like to recognize the following Business Sponsors
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:

Murad Family Foundation


Thank you to all our Business Sponsors.  Click here for full list and learn more about our BSP.     

About MBEF:  Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is an independent non-profit established by parents and community leaders to financially support the seven public schools of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.  Since 1983, MBEF has granted much needed funds to supplement state funding and has helped MBUSD continually rank in the Top 1% of school districts in California.  With more than 3,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5 million, MBEF is one of the oldest and most successful educational foundations in the state.  Any questions or concerns about this communication should be sent to

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation P.O. Box 1110 Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
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