March-April Message from the Superintendent:
16 days ago
Dear Coalinga-Huron Community,
As we approach Spring Break and the high-stakes testing that will follow, our teachers, classified staff and administrators are working hard to prepare our students to do their best on those tests. I have conducted Instructional Rounds at every school in the district over that past weeks and I am delighted to report that we have great teaching and learning going on in classrooms across the district. Here is additional news about District happenings in March and April:
LCAP Community Engagement Meetings
· Background LCAP Information
In December of 2013, the CDE authorized a new funding model for California Public Schools, the Local Control Funding Formula, or LCFF. This model provides districts with a Base Revenue Grant along with Supplemental and Concentration (S/C) funds which “shall be used to increase the support and services for English Learners, Low Income Students and Foster Youth.” This funding model calls for the formulation of a three year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), to guide the strategic investment of these funds.
The LCAP is a three year action plan to help guide District priorities and funding. Each year by law we must review the implementation and data used to analyze the plan. As part of this review, we will be forming a representative Steering Committee and are conducting multiple stakeholder engagement meetings, surveys and Public Hearings to meet this requirement.
Each school district is required to address eight priority areas within the LCAP plan. Coalinga-Huron Unified combined these eight priority areas into four:
§ Culture and Climate
Districts are required to consult with their local community to provide input into the plan. For the past two years CHUSD has relied significantly on the Student Activities Committee (SAC) to provide community input. This year we will be developing a representative Steering Committee. This committee must include at least 50% Parent/Community members.
· Current LCAP Information
You are invited to attend each and every LCAP Community Engagement meeting. The first of 6 LCAP engagement meetings will be held at Huron Middle School on March 9 at 5:30 pm. At these meetings we will collect information directly from you, the attendees, in the form of meeting notes and input in order to revise our current LCAP plan for the new 2016-17 school year. These are your opportunities to make recommendations of how district money is spent. Once the 2015-16 LCAP plan has been revised, the School Board will approve the new 2016-17 plan in June, 2016.
· New LCAP Funding
Coalinga-Huron Unified School District will be receiving approximately $1.04 million additional dollars for the 2016-17 school year in ongoing funding through the Supplemental and Concentration Fund, to increase the support and services for our Low Income Students, English Learners and Foster Youth.
All school sites are holding information and input meetings like this one in March/April to discuss our LCAP plan and make recommendations to add new items or change current items in our plan. All Stakeholder input will be synthesized and considered by a Steering Committee for recommendations for our 2016-17 LCAP Plan. The Governing Board will hold at least one public hearing and approve the revised LCAP Plan in June 2016.
· YOUR LCAP INPUT!
What are YOU interested in having the LCAP money used for to improve teaching and learning in CHUSD? Here are just a few of the many possibilities:
Would you like a School Resource Officer to work with students across our district?
Would you like to see a more robust English Learner and English Language Arts program offered in the early elementary grades?
How about a library renovation at Huron Elementary so that a single class of students may fit in the library at one time?
What about a second vice principal at Coalinga Middle School?
For Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade teachers who much test all of their students one-on-one all year long (with all the other students in the room), would having a para-educator available during those one-on-one testing sessions to help the teacher manage the rest of the classroom make sense?
What about expanding our Career Technical Education and Career Pathways programs in Coalinga and Huron?
What are YOUR IDEAS? What do you think would support improvement? What activities should we fund? What do you think should be changed? We want your input, so we strongly encourage you to attend one or ALL of the Community Engagement meetings to do so.
Other News around the District
Ø Human Resources Department – we are adding several classified employees to our Human Resources staff to improve our responsiveness to the needs of our current employees, and to enhance attracting, recruiting and retaining new employees. This will require some additional space since our District Office is full. We will keep you posted as opportunities develop.
Ø Board Room possibilities - the Coalinga – Huron community has spoken and we heard you loud and clear! When Board Meetings are held in the cafeterias or multi-purpose rooms at the middle schools, nobody can hear! We are actively looking for alternative venues to hold our board meetings where the sound will be EXCELLENT! In addition, we would like a venue where student art work from each school may be displayed and rotated each month, where we can display our LCAP plan, and many other things. Stay tuned!
Ø WIFI on our Buses – we now have 3 of the 5 buses to Huron hard-wired with WiFi. We continue to work towards completing the task on the remaining buses.
Ø Reworking Cheney Elementary Office - we are reviewing the possibility of returning Cheney Elementary office to Cheney Elementary School. That would mean the students would eat in a cafeteria instead of at their desks in their rooms; there would be an office for site administrators and office staff; and a school library for students to enjoy.
Ø New Softball Field Dedicated – on Tuesday, March 8 we dedicated the new softball field in Coalinga. This should be a wonderful softball season on the spiffy new turf!
Ø SPRING BREAK – As a reminder, Spring Break begins Saturday, March 19 and goes through Monday, March 28. Students return to class on Tuesday, March 29.
Have a safe and restful Spring Break!
Helen K. Foster, Ed.D.