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Reed district projects $1.2 million deficit on budget of $23 million


Despite an expected increase in revenue and a slight decrease in expenditures, the Reed Union School District is still projecting a general-fund deficit of about $1.2 million in fiscal year 2017-2018.

The district gave the public its first look at the draft budget for the 2017-2018 school year at a June 6 meeting of the district's board of trustees; the board was set to approve the budget at its June 20 meeting, after The Ark's press deadline. The budget projects about $21.8 million in revenue and about $23 million in spending.

To cover the projected deficit, the district expects to dip into its unallocated reserves, which would then drop from about $4.2 million to $3.4 million.

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Tiburon teen turns anti-bullying message into fashion statement

Not many fifth-graders would choose to dress as fashion icon Coco Chanel for Halloween, but not every kid is Tiburon's Chandler Moseley, now 15 years old and a budding fashion designer.

Moseley has been designing since age 3. When she was 13, Peter Coping, then head creative director at Oscar de la Renta, invited her to participate in an internship. Last year, Moseley fell just short of appearing on Lifetime's reality competition "Project Runway Junior" — she made it to the final round of 30 applicants out of 300.

Perhaps Moseley's most notable accomplishment, however, is the anti-bullying effort she started a few years ago by using fashion to spread a message. Moseley makes and sells T-shirts that read, "Bullying is Never in Fashion," with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the National Bullying Prevention Center. She raised nearly $500 selling the shirts at a booth at the Foundation for Reed Schools' May 19 "Pretty in Pink" fashion show and boutique.

Moseley said she was inspired to start the anti-bullying campaign by her own experiences. She's grown up with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and has dealt with peers who made her feel "less than." She said when she saw bullying was affecting others as well, she felt she had to do something about it.
To see Moseley's work, visit

Student achievements

• Martha Mead of Tiburon was named to the dean's list at Boston's Northeastern University in recognition of her work during the spring semester. To be eligible, Mead, a junior studying Spanish and international affairs, had to earn a 3.5 GPA or higher while carrying a full course load.

• Conner Edwards of Tiburon was named to the dean's list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., for academic achievement during the fall 2016 semester. To be eligible, he had to earn a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Higher degrees & laurels

• Kaila Sanford, daughter of Walter and Ellen Sanford of Tiburon, graduated magna cum laude from Dominican University of California in San Rafael with a master's degree in education and a teaching credential. She attended local public schools before going on to Marin Waldorf and Marin Academy.

• Lucy Sogard of Tiburon, daughter of Harold Sogard and Susan Bolle, has graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., with a bachelor's degree in computer science and French studies. Sogard is a 2013 graduate of the Branson School.

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