Measure U

The Main School painting project will be postponed until Summer 2022 due to unacceptable bids.

The school board for Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) and Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee will tour the new Carpinteria High School Student Services Center and gym on May 24. 

The Measure U Team will attend the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission on June 9 to discuss the required Coastal Development Permit for the Summerland building project and will speak to the County Architectural Review Board in late June. Summerland classrooms will be relocated to Main School during the summer. Construction for the project is planned to begin in August. 

Construction bids have been received for the new CHS Administration building and the selected contractor will be presented to school board on June 8, with the construction schedule to begin on July 1. The Aliso School modernization project will begin on June 14 with an Aug. 21 completion date. 



I would like to recognize this year’s retirees and thank them for their dedicated service to the students, families and colleagues at CUSD: Kevin O’Hara, who worked at Carpinteria Middle School (CMS) as the sixth grade ELA and social studies teacher for 24 years; Debra Tursick, who worked at Carpinteria High School as a special education teacher for 19 years; Elise Unruh, who worked as the CHS music and drama teacher for 35 years; Patricia Bray, who worked at CHS as an instructional assistant for over seven years; Susan Damron, who worked at the CUSD elementary schools as an instructional assistant for over nine years; Beverly Rodriguez, who worked as a Measure U Planning Technician, a bus driver, custodian and in accounting for 27 years; and Brenda Woolfolk, who worked in CHS food services for 12 years.


Santa Barbara County Health Department urges students to get vaccinated

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department urges all students ages 12 and older to get vaccinated. CUSD is partnering with Albertsons Pharmacy to offer student vaccination clinics on Saturdays. The public health department will also provide vaccines to students and their families at the CHS cafeteria on June 1 and June 23 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 


CDC eases mask mandate 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 13 that it had eased mask mandates for those who are fully vaccinated. Vaccinated individuals can now stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings, “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” 

In a May 15 update, the CDC clarified that schools should maintain the recommended Covid-19 “layered mitigation strategies,” which includes masks, through at least the remainder of the 2020–21 school year. California State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced on May 17 that mask mandates would lift June 15, but he gave no indication of how the mandate would apply to schools.


State budget revised 

On May 14, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is projecting a budget surplus of $75.7 billion, and that the revised Proposition 98 funding guarantee will be $93.7 billion, an increase of $7.9 billion from the $85.8 billion proposed in the governor’s January budget. Increased revenues will require a larger contribution to the Prop 98 reserve, which includes $4.6 billion over two years, increased from $2.95 billion in the January budget. The May revision of the budget also includes increased funding for cost-of-living adjustments, special education, teacher preparation, childcare, preschool, universal TK, community schools, child nutrition, broadband, reopening schools, afterschool and summer programs and child and youth behavioral initiatives. The specific impacts to the CUSD budget will be better understood in early June. 


2020-2021 staff recruitment

We are interviewing for the following replacements and additional grant positions.

For the elementary schools, we are interviewing for fourth and fifth grade teachers; reading intervention specialists; special education teachers; library-media tech; speech/language pathology assistant; English language learner instructional assistants; and special education instructional assistants. 

For secondary schools, we are interviewing for social studies, music and theater and Spanish teachers; special education teachers; a reading intervention specialist; English language learner teachers; library-media tech; special education instructional assistants; and English language learner instructional assistants. 

Districtwide, we are interviewing for: a bus driver; nurses; a staff accountant; and bond project construction manager. 





Diana Rigby is the current superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District. She is focused on improving teaching and learning for all CUSD students and welcomes parent and community input and feedback. For more information about CUSD, log on to, or contact Diana at or (805) 684-4511x222.

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