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 2014-15
As I look ahead to the 2014-15 school year, it is exciting to know that BUSD is ready and well positioned to move into sustaining the “Standard of Excellence; Nothing Less.” The promises to unite people, programs, and resources in new ways, from the California Common Core Standards, RTI (Response to Intervention), and Positive Behavior Interventions Systems, we are more than ready to assist our students to Excellence!
The priorities outlined below are critical to our continued success. As a parent, community partner, or employee, you are integral to ensuring that our schools are highly effective centers of learning. These priorities align with our current budget, as well as our Local Control Accountability Plan:
Continuing this year is a major shift in education’s funding model. Adopted last June by the State Legislature was a new funding model known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Governor Brown’s budget reform was designed to create greater local discretion when it comes to funding student programs and instructional services.
The new LCFF has provided the Governing Board and multiple district and community committees the opportunity to provide greater input into the development of the educational spending plan. It also provides our 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.
One of the fiscal accountability requirements for districts outlined within the LCFF mandate is how BUSD governs fiscal resources for specific subgroups of 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. BUSD is proud to implement this class size reduction fully in the 2014-15 school year!
As superintendent, I am excited about the LCFF model in turning state education funding around, and securing more revenue for the future of our educational programs. I have enjoyed working with District employees and the community in creating a very comprehensive Local Control Accountability Plan that is reflective of the LCFF spending plan. In fact, the plan is located here on our website. Please visit that location and get a deeper insight to our goals and objectives for the year.
In preparation for full implementation of the California Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment accountability system, our two-year plan that has been developed in concert with teacher leaders and principals, incorporates the proper objectives for the new school year. We have also increased professional development resources related to the California Common Core, along with multiple summer professional development workshops designed to energize and maximize readiness for California Common Core transition, accountability changes that include retooling the former California Standards Tests, and introducing more performance based assessments under California Common Core.
In closing, a final piece of critical information is that of student attendance. Student attendance is critical to academic growth. 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.
2014-15 promises to be a wonderful year for our students and all stakeholders. With the support of our Governing Board, and special thanks, in advance, to all BUSD employees, we’re ready for the challenge!
Have a fantastic year!
Brian Jacobs, Ed.D.