CORE VALUES of BUSD
- Provide an educational program to all students which results in students becoming competent, self-assured learners, with academic excellence as high priority.
- Provide a professional staff which is knowledgeable and supportive of meeting the academic, emotional, social, physical and cultural needs of our students.
- Provide effective communication to staff members, parents, and community regarding the challenges and successes of our educational institution.
- Foster a professional work environment in which all staff members are mutually respected and supported in their endeavors.
- Provide safe, functional, and technologically current facilities.
- Meaningfully involve parents in the education of their children.
- Provide services to our clients, the children and parents of this community in a manner which generates confidence and support for public education.
Superintendent's Welcome 2013-14
Back to School and Looking Forward
As summer draws to a close, and we ready ourselves for the new school year, I trust you have had an opportunity to enjoy revitalizing time with family and friends. Our 2013-14 school opening 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 here in BUSD. As a parent, community partner, or employee, 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 Actions for 2013-14:
New this school year is how BUSD will receive funding from the State. 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, BUSD and other districts anticipate action by the Legislature could trail the implementation of LCFF by six months or more.
As superintendent, I am 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 all staff and our communities 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 aspects of parents and guardians to maintain an attitude that “Every Day Counts” for students to be in school and to boost school attendance is crucial. Having your student understand this value of attending school daily and on time must be reinforced each and every day. Our schools will assist 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 will hopefully see at our schools information and other related materials to help all of 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 BUSD employees, we’re ready for the challenge!
Have a great year!
Brian Jacobs, Ed.D.