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School Vision

A vision statement from Superintendent Dr. Doug Kimberly
2013-14 Back to School and Looking Forward

As summer draws to a close, I trust you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy revitalizing time with family and friends. Our 2013-14 school start promises to unite people, programs, and resources in new ways, from Common Core Standards to RTI (Response to Intervention), and more!

The priorities below are critical to our continued success. Whether you are driving a school bus, providing outreach to parents, maintaining one of our many facilities, working in an administrative function, teaching in a classroom, or serving in any other capacity in this district, you are integral to ensuring that our schools are highly effective centers of learning.

These five priorities align with our current budget, as well as our Strategic Plan goals:

    Cooperation of all stakeholders in the transition to Common Core
    Quality instruction for all students and quality staff development for employees
    Intervention through RTI model at all schools
    Increased support for Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
    Increased attendance and school safety

Two key priorities for the district’s budget are to have a 180 day instructional year for students, and for all district employees to receive 100% of their salary with no furlough days. A major shift in education’s funding model was adopted by the state Legislature in June of this year. Known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Governor Brown’s budget reform package defines a new approach to funding education in years to come.

The purpose of the LCFF is to provide school districts with the flexibility in how to best provide resources to students through all academic endeavors. The LCFF model will be implemented over an eight-year span, and funding for school districts will be gauged according to the State’s economy and revenue picture, as determined by the Governor and Legislature.

Fiscal accountability requirements for districts is an LCFF mandate that governs how resources will be applied to English Language Learners, socioeconomic disadvantaged and foster students. LCFF also speaks to class size reduction: districts must move towards a school site average of 24:1 by 2021.

Many of the LCFF rules and regulations have yet to be established by the Legislature. For this reason, LEUSD and other districts anticipate action by the Legislature could trail the implementation of LCFF by six months or more.

LEUSD is excited about the LCFF model in turning state education funding around, and securing more revenue for the future of education. The District is looking forward to working with LETA and CSEA in implementing LCFF for the benefit of students. This includes partially funding the implementation of the Common Core Standards.

In preparation for the full implementation of the Common Core Standards in 2015/16, and its Smarter Balance Assessment accountability system, our two-year plan, developed in concert with teacher leaders and principals, incorporates these objectives for the new school year: increasing professional development resources for Common Core, summer professional development workshops designed to energize and maximize readiness for Common Core transition, and accountability changes that include retooling the former CST benchmarks and introducing more performance based assessments under Common Core.

Our budget is driven largely by attendance. Therefore, the Every Day Counts campaign to boost school attendance is aimed at helping parents and their families understand the importance of instructional minutes. Research shows that daily attendance is a major predictor of student success. You’ll soon see our new Every Day Counts school banners and posters, and other useful materials to help our children succeed in school and life through steady attendance.

It is not often that a district must plan for whole system reform, but 2013-14 promises a new beginning for education. With the support of our Governing Board, and special thanks, in advance, to all LEUSD employees, we’re ready for the challenge!

Have a great year!

-Doug Kimberly