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posted Aug 27, 2013, 9:17 PM by Andrew Hyman
Magnet families: Please submit an on-line meal application regardless of whether or not they believe they will qualify.  The majority of categorical funding Portola Middle School and Highly Gifted Magnet receives is directly tied to the meal application program.  In the past, this funding has allowed the school to purchase class size reduction teachers to offset the numbers in academic as well as elective and PE classes.  Additionally, this funding has historically paid for some out of classroom positions.  

Further, this funding has a direct impact on the Magnet Program because, as a magnet coordinator who is only funded half time through LAUSD, Ms. Garcia also perform the duties of Intervention Coordinator for Portola Middle School.  Whether or not there is funding to maintain this position for the 2014-2015 school year depends on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches through the meal program.  Portola MS and HGM will need to achieve a minimum percentage of qualified applicants in order to be eligible for this categorical funding.  If we lose this funding, we will lose Ms. Garcia.  So, even if you think you will not qualify, please submit an on-line application as some families may indeed qualify.

The goal is that 100% of the magnet families complete the on-line application which can be found on the LAUSD website or through this link: 

The deadline to apply for the meal application is September 25, 2013, but please do not wait – it is critical that we secure our funding status as soon as possible.

Thank you!!!