Dear Shasta County Residents,
I am excited to share with you the 2017 Report to the Community. This report provides an overview of the programs and services offered by the Shasta County Office of Education and the progress of our local schools.
The California 2013-14 Budget Act introduced the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which simplifies the funding process and strengthens local accountability. Through the LCFF, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) receive funds based on local student demographics. An important component of the LCFF is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). LEAs will use the state-approved LCAP template to develop a plan that includes annual goals and actions that will be implemented to meet eight state priorities and describe the related budget.
Additionally, California schools have a new assessment titled Smarter Balanced and a new online tool called the California School Dashboard. Parents and community members can use the dashboard to access a full picture of a school’s progress on state assessments as well as other indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress, and suspension rates.
I am pleased to announce that we are in our sixth year of the community-wide initiative titled Reach Higher Shasta (RHS).RHS is a community collaborative between parents, educators, businesses, and community members working together to increase opportunities and raise expectations for all stakeholders so that all students have access to viable careers. Our tagline “Every Student, Every Option” drives us to ensure that all students will have access to a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for whatever their career and postsecondary goals might be.
As your Shasta County Superintendent of Schools for the past 11 years, I feel fortunate to have worked with local educators and community partners to embrace a shared vision that emphasizes the importance of working together so that we can continue to see children grow up in a community that promotes good health and a zest for learning. A community that strives for our children to live free of fear, free of abuse, free of drugs, and free of prejudice. Lastly, I ask you to embrace a community where children are free to reach beyond their circumstances, whatever those might be, and join together in a community that welcomes their contributions, builds their assets, and embraces their curiosity and quest for adventure.Each year our vision is closer to a reality because together we work as one, resist the urge to point fingers of blame and focus on the negative, and instead form a circle of hands that embrace the children of Shasta County! In July 2017 I will assume a new position as the Executive Director of the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS).The Shasta County Board of Education appointed Judy Flores who currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the Shasta County Office of Education to serve out the remainder of my term.Judy is an exceptional leader and you can be confident that Shasta County is in great hands under her leadership.
As you read through the 2017 Report to the Community I encourage you to celebrate the growth of our students. We will continue to work our hardest to provide the children of Shasta County with an education that will prepare our students for the ever changing and complex future.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in our children and their education.Your ideas, suggestions, and feedback are welcome and appreciated. I implore you to call the Shasta County Office of Education at 225-0227 with any input you have that would help us to further the success of children in Shasta County. It has been an honor to work with you to serve our children, education, and our community with passion, energy, and commitment.
Shasta County Superintendent of Schools