Welcome to the 2013-14 School Year! Those are words that carry a great deal of meaning to me as opening a new school year enforces my belief that we have amazing opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students.
This year as
superintendent, I have the honor and privilege to welcome back more than
110,000 students and their families on Sept. 3. I could not be more
excited or committed to the work we will do together this year as we
build on our past successes under the direction of the Board of
Education’s 2020 Vision to create quality schools in every neighborhood.
the summer, we have been busy getting ready for Sept. 3. The new
leadership team is in place, made up of familiar faces who know the
district and the community. With 40 new principals at our schools this
year, we have a shared focus on quality leadership and making sure all
of our principals have the support and skills needed to lead a quality
The focus on teaching and learning will be preparing for
the shift to the Common Core State Standards in 2014-15. Our vision is
to provide a broad and challenging curriculum that is relevant and high
quality so our children will be prepared for success in the workplace
and the world.
Across the district, from bus drivers, to
custodians; food service associates to secretaries, principals and
teachers, we are all committed to making sure our students are on the
pathway for life’s success. We are ready!
We are cautiously
encouraged about the budget passed by the State’s legislators and the
reinvestment in public education. Although we still face financial
challenges and will continue to be prudent with our dollars, there is
hope. The newly implemented Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
drastically changes the structure of how school districts receive
funding from the state level. In very simple terms, the LCFF will shift
the focus from funding dozens of state-mandated programs to funding
based on local district control and student needs, with extra dollars
allotted to low-income children, foster youth and English learners.
we work collaboratively to assure that each child in our district
receives the best education possible, we need everyone to be involved.
The start of a new school year gives us a renewed sense of anticipation,
hope and enthusiasm. I look forward to working closely with you as we
advance the hope and promise of public education in San Diego and across