San Diego Business Journal

South County EDC Event to Discuss Creating Economic Opportunity, New School Funding Formula

By Mike Allen Friday, February 28, 2014

Representatives of five South Bay school districts are convening March 7 to discuss a newly instituted formula that determines the amount of funds the districts get from the state.

Hosting the event that begins at 8 a.m. at United States University in Chula Vista is the South County Economic Development Council, the nonprofit group that promotes the region.

Cindy Gompper-Graves, SCEDC’s president, said the event is an opportunity to bring together businesses, community, and educational leaders to discuss how to best prepare the area’s children for success both educationally and economically.

Under a new formula that took effect this year, funding is allocated based on a district’s demographics, with a special focus on English-language learners, foster youth and students from low-income families, according to SCEDC.

Panelists committed to appearing at the forum are Chris Orem, superintendent, National School District; Gloria Madera, interim superintendent, San Ysidro School District; Edward Brand, superintendent, Sweetwater Union High School District; Abdollah Saadat, assistant superintendent, South Bay Union School District; and Francisco Escobedo, superintendent, Chula Vista Elementary School District.

The event is free but attendees are asked to RSVP by registering at