Ad-Hoc Budget Committee meeting
January 12th 3:45@THS
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Here are some recent questions that have been presented. Please feel free to send in any additional questions. The next Budget Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, November 25th at West Marin School. We will simulcast to TES. Hope to see you there.
Here is the first of what I hope will be a regular (bi-weekly or as needed) communication with staff regarding the fiscal challenges that we are facing and how we will, together, work through these challenges. Please let me know if you are planning on attending our Budget Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 21st at 3:35 pm at TES.
Formation of New Budget Committee
I feel it is very important as we navigate through this Budget Crisis that we are in that we provide regular scheduled opportunities for staff, parents, board members and community members to meet to further discuss ways and means of addressing our structural deficit. All ideas put forward to date need to be considered and honored and if feasible, implemented as quickly as possible. The Following will be posted throughout the district.
Call to Action--We will be forming a new Budget Committee to begin the task of working through all the options available to the district as we try to collectively and positively address our situation. Please e-mail me if you would like to participate so that I/we can plan accordingly (handouts, refreshments, etc. ). Our first meeting will be Tuesday, October 21 at TES in the Assembly room – 3:45 – 5 pm. I anticipate that we will try to meet every other week as we together continue to explore creative ways to cut costs and generate revenue. We will alternates meeting locations between TES and WMS. Please check Web Site for further information.
Superintendent's Message ~ August 2014
Interesting and exciting times are what the Shoreline Unified School District will be facing in the 2014-2015 school year. It will be interesting because we face some budget challenges that will require all of us to come together as a school community to resolve. I am hoping that the process will be inclusive of all stakeholders and result in a financially healthy school district for the future. The ad hoc budget committee met at the beginning of summer and came up with 39 areas for the district to consider making cuts in. These recommendations have been reviewed by the district's Admin Team, some board members and the Marin County Office of Education. A proposal based on these recommendations will be presented to the board at the Thursday, August 21st board meeting. The future for the district is exciting because I KNOW we will together figure out how to resolve our budget crisis and because we have a wonderful and supportive staff who ALL want what is best for the children of the district. That means that while we are all committed to implementing the new Common Core State Standards that we are looking for ways that are innovative and student-engaging in order to do so. Expect to hear about how technology is being used more and more in the classroom as a tool for instruction. Expect to hear how students are being taught using Project Based Learning approaches to teaching/learning. Expect to hear that our classrooms are evolving into places where children are learning all the necessary skills to prepare them for the workplace of the 21st century.
I look forward to facing all of the challenges and opportunities together with you. As always, as we promote the Shoreline USD as a place where all families are welcome and honored, please never hesitate to contact me for any reason.
Superintendent's Message ~ June 2014
As we wrap up the 2013-2014 school year, I would like to point out some of the many successes that we in the Shoreline USD experienced this year.
Common Core implementation - especially in English Language Arts K -12. Teachers received extensive training in the implementation of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards during 2013-2014 and began the mission of implementing these standards. One of the successes that I would like to bring to your attention is the Common Core based Report Card which was researched and developed at West Marin/Inverness Schools this past year. All of this wonderful needed work will be shared with and replicated at Tomales/Bodega Bay schools during 2014-2015.
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) – Again, we want to thank all of the parents, teachers, staff, community members and board members who participated in the development of this plan. As we go forward into the future, this plan will be the “sounding board” of much of what we do. As a district, we look forward to accomplishing all of the items set as goals in the plan: High Academic and College and Career readiness for ALL students in the district; Safe and Supportive School Culture for ALL students in the district; Safe and Adequate Facilities; More Involvement/Inclusion of ALL Parents in the District.
Wellness Committee - led by Board Member Jill Sartori, was a committee of up to 20 members that met on a monthly basis this past year and tackled issues such as: updating/customizing the district’s Wellness Policy, purchasing locally grown food, peaceful playgrounds – play first then eat, zero-waste programs in all of our schools, improved food quality in our food service program, counseling/psychological services for students, alcohol/drug awareness and student/parent education around these issues, kitchen facilities, ….to name just a few. The committee will continue to meet on a monthly basis during 2014-2015 for the purpose of effecting positive change in all the areas of student wellness.
New Faces in the District – As many of you are aware we hired our new Transportation Director, George Borges last summer. George had some big shoes to fill in replacing Charlie Lord—the outgoing Director. I am happy to report that George has done an excellent job and, along the way, he has managed, through a state transportation grant, to bring two brand new busses to our district to replace two of our old and soon to be retired busses. Also, with Technology becoming more and more important as we implement the Common Core State Standards and assess those standards with the technology-based Smarter Balanced Assessment AND continue to transform our schools into 21st century learning environments – we hired our new Technology Coordinator Ryan Corrigan, who is responsible for most of the technology in the district, the district’s web site and keeping us all abreast of the latest technology adaptations for schools.
What to expect in 2014-2015
Lots of change for the betterment of each and every school and student in the district! Continual Common Core Implementation especially in the Math curriculum. Teachers will be exploring a new supplemental Math curriculum known as “Engage New York”—check it out and let us know your thoughts. We also plan on having expanded articulation between all disciplines throughout all the schools (K – 12). This will be the first year that we will have a full-time Music instructor at West Marin School/Inverness School—it will be fun to watch all the positive impacts that will have at WMS/INV. Tomales Elementary School will have a new principal, Mr. James Patterson. Actually Mr. Patterson is not new to the district as he has , over the years, been the Principal at Tomales High School, West Marin School and Tomales Elementary School (TES) . Jim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that, I am certain, will propel TES into new beginnings. At Tomales High School we will continue our work with the Marin County Office of Education regarding Career Paths. We recently were notified that we were chosen to participate in a grant award that will provide us with funds to further explore Career Paths. Also, this is an Accreditation year (WASC) at Tomales High School so the staff there will be preparing all year for a visit from the WASC team in late April.
Needless to say, there are plenty of wonderful things happening and about to happen in the Shoreline Unified School District. I am so happy to say that I will be here to navigate and see the district through the many changes that will result in the Shoreline USD being the very best place for students to attend school. I look forward to working with all of you as we make this happen!
Dear LCAP committee member
Attached is the DRAFT of our Local Control Accountability Plan as it appears in the California Department of Education’s Template. Please review the document and share back with me your: thoughts, concerns, additions, subtractions, matters that were discussed BUT not mentioned, matters that may need more emphasis, etc. Most importantly does it capture the voice of what was said during the three meetings of goal setting and action planning. Please remember it is a three year plan and things may change as we go forward. Thank you for assisting us with this most important Plan AND TOOL that will be used for monitoring progress.
Thomas W. Stubbs,
Shoreline Unified School District
Querido miembro del comité de LCAP
Encontrará adjunto el ESBOZO de nuestro Plan de Responsabilidad de Control Local como aparece en la plantilla del Departamento de Educación de California. Por favor, revise el dicumento y comparta conmigo sus: pensamientos, inquietudes, añadiduras, sustracciones, asuntos que se analizaron PERO que no se mencionan, asuntos que se deben enfatizar más, etc. Aún más importante, vea si se capta el espíritu de lo expuesto en el transcurso de las tres reuniones en las que se pusieron los objetivos y los planes de acción. Por favor, recuerde que este es un plan de tres años de duración y que las cosas pueden cambiar a medida que avanzamos. Gracias por ayudarnos con este importantísimo plan Y HERRAMIENTA que se utilizará para supervisar el progreso.
Thomas W. Stubbs,
Shoreline Unified School District
April 1, 2014
Dear Shoreline Parents:
We want to take a moment and thank the so many of you that chose to participate in our first attempt at developing the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We just concluded the third and final meeting whereby we had over 40 participants helping the school district develop a plan that will hopefully reflect the hearts and wishes of everyone in the school district.
Developing & Designing a Plan That Meets Student Needs-Local Control Accountability Plan
The State requires that all California school districts engage parents, educators, employees, and the community to establish a Local Accountability Plan. In these plans, districts will describe their overall vision for students, outline their annual goals and enumerate the specific actions they will take to achieve their goals. Part of this includes a financial accounting for the use of the budget as well annual assessments that measure how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve student outcomes.
What Does The State Require To Be Included In These Plans?
School districts are responsible for developing goals and actions in eight priority areas defined by the State:
- Williams Act–Providing credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities for all students
- Academic Content and Performance Standards–implementing California’s Common Core State Standards
- Parental Involvement–involving parents in their student’s educational programs and in the decision-making process of the district
4. Pupil Achievement— improving student outcomes and increasing college and career readiness.
5. Pupil Engagement—supporting students in consistent school attendance
6. School Climate–nurturing students in a healthy school environment where they feel safe
7. Access and Enrollment—ensuring access for all students to classes
8. Pupil Outcomes–measuring student progress and outcomes to guide the teaching
The three overarching areas of focus that we addressed in our meetings were: 1) The Conditions for Learning which focused upon facilities, sufficiency of teaching materials, and teacher quality. 2) Pupil Outcomes which focused on student achievement according to overall performance and breakdowns by sub-groups (English Language Learners, Socio-Disadvantaged students, and Educationally Handicapped students). 3) Engagement which focused on how well do our school actively engage parents to be involved in the school and students to want to be at school engaged in their learning. Our efforts over the past month resulted in the Preliminary Goals that you can see in this link- LCAP Planning – Data Analysis. We will be reporting to the school board the result of our initial efforts at the April 17th board meeting. We will be taking all the information generated in our LCAP meetings and be “fitting” that information into the LCAP template which will go to the board for approval at the May board meeting. All information and the eventual finalized LCAP Plan will be shared with the general public when completed.
Thanks again to all of you that participated in our first LCAP effort. Stay tuned to this site as we further develop the LCAP with not only GOALS but also a three year action plan for the district.
Tom Stubbs, Superintendent