It’s a time for greatfulness, reenergizing
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season, I would like to begin by saying how thankful I am to every single employee of the Antioch Unified School District. I firmly believe that every certificated and classified employee makes a tremendous impact in support of our students and families whom we have been entrusted to serve.
These are truly exciting times in California public education. A new funding formula has been approved by our state legislatives that will allow school districts like ours to target fiscal resources to students with the greatest needs. The new funding formula is called Local Control Funding Formula and the students that will receive extra support are our low social economic students, our foster youth, and our English learners. While the amount of extra funding is not as high as we had once hoped, it will allow our District to target these students with extra support to ensure that their academic growth is the focal point of our efforts to provide quality teaching and learning experiences.
One condition of receiving extra funding is to develop an implementation plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan. There is very specific criteria that must be addressed which requires a high degree of community input to ensure that the needs of the identified students are met. I am confident that the input that we receive from our community, teachers, parents, and students will allow our District to develop a plan that is completely responsive to our students.
On behalf of the Board of Education, I am thankful, beyond words, for the commitment of our teachers, classified staff, and our site and District administrators in their efforts to embrace the rigor presented by the Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment system. I have been repeatedly impressed by the quality of teaching and learning that I have observed while visiting classrooms at the elementary, middle, and high school level. It has been exciting to see the positive interaction between our site administrators and their teachers and instructional aides in assuming the challenges of increased rigor as we collectively prepare for the full implementation of the Common Core Standards.
I hope that all of our employees throughout the District will utilize this Thanksgiving season to rest and reenergize during this break. I know that each of you will enjoy this season to remember the many reasons that you have to be thankful for during this special holiday season. Enjoy your break and I hope your return back to work allows you to share happy stories and memories with your colleagues from your well-deserved break.