I would like to share some important developments as we are in the midst of significant change in education.
In 2017-18, as required by the state, we will be moving forward with implementation of our recently adopted Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP was written with the input of staff, parents, and community members and is designed to produce specific outcomes. The LCAP will guide our decision-making and enhance budget planning.
The LCAP has eight key state priorities that will drive our efforts. These are: Student Engagement; Student Achievement; Basic Services; Other Student Outcomes; Implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS); Parental Involvement; School Climate; and Course Access. The LCAP requires greater focus and accountability in meeting goals and outcomes.
In order to do so we will be providing continued professional development to guide our staff as we provide greater rigor and relevance in instruction and work to enhance relationships.
In developing the District’s budget for 2017-18, program priorities as outlined in the LCAP are the focus of our spending. The new state budgeting process includes a radical overhaul to how public schools receive funding. This is called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The LCFF is designed to gradually restore schools to pre-recession funding levels, but not until 2020-21.
We have a lot to do and a lot to look forward to in 2017-18.
Wishing us much success!
Peter Livingston, Superintendent