Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Update - May, 2014
The Eureka Union School District DRAFT Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) has been developed for stakeholder review and comment. Meetings of all stakeholder groups took place on Wednesday, April 30, from 9:30 am - 5:15pm. Additionally, the first Preliminary Public Hearing for review and comment was held in conjunction with the May 6th Meeting of the Board of Trustees. All materials that were used in the review by all groups and in the Public Hearing were included in the Board Packet for the May 6th meeting. Please visit the following link for detailed information.
As a requirement of the LCAP development process, the Superintendent is required to respond in writing to all comments and to provide the opportunity for the community to make such comments. As a result of the stakeholder meetings and the first Preliminary Public Hearing on May 6th, the following comments were made. Responses are included with each comment. The Board of Trustees will hold two additional Public Hearings to review and gather comments on June 3 (Preliminary) and June 24 (Official) at 7:00pm in conjunction with these scheduled Board Meetings. If you care to make additional comments, you may e-mail Superintendent Linda Rooney.
Comment: Consider including a GATE Coordinator position similar to the EL Coordinator position.
Response: The GATE Coaches will serve as a PLC team and cadre working together with the GATE Advisory Committee and the Eureka Leadership Team. A Coordinator position may not be necessary as the GATE Coach concept develops.
Comment: What is the definition of resiliency?
Response: Students who demonstrate resiliency have the skills to identify issues of safety when peer pressures may sway them in alternate directions. Resiliency allows students to understand the difference between "saying no" and going in an unsafe direction due to the pressures surrounding the situation.
Comment: What do the surveys/needs assessment look like and how will we analyze the data?
Response: Questions and audiences will be determined as the LCAP is finalized.
Comment: Consider adding time for all Office Clerk positions to allow them to remain on campus while the students are in session on each campus.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
Comment: Will there be a requirement for all grade levels and school sites to implement certain enrichments such as Project Lead the Way?
Response: The plans within the LCAP allow for flexibility and unique programs to be developed by site. There may be required programs that would be operational throughout the district, as well.
Comment: There is a need to verify the target class sizes for grades 7-8.
Response: The staff will work together with the district documents to ensure that the accurate number is included in the final LCAP.
Comment: It would be a good step moving forward to consider paperless purchasing at the school site level using the Escape program.
Response: The district will work with the Placer County Office of Education, the owner of the program, to develop the next steps toward site level paperless purchasing.
Comment: What is the goal for student access to technological devices?
Response: Pending the requirements of the assignment and the materials that will become available through the CCCSS implementation, additional connectivity via wireless network access will allow for additional devices to be used by students district-wide.
Comment: What is the percentage of funds to be restored to the site budgets?
Response: It is the intent to restore the reduction of 40% in the various goal areas of LCAP.
Comment: There is a need to "mesh" the district and ESF funding for enrichments.
Response: District staff will work closely together with ESF to ensure appropriate funding from both sources.
Comment: Restoration of an "enrichment summer school option" for all students could be very popular.
Response: The LCAP provides summer programs for the identified sub-groups at this time, per the guidelines of the new LCFF funding.
Comment: Is the new Operations Clerk position to be full-time?
Response: Yes, this is the intent.
Comment: There may be a need for additional hours for the School Nurses to support the health needs of our students at our school sites.
Response: As student needs are identified, additional Health Assistant hours have been adjusted. This will continue to be the practice, with specific oversight by the School Nurses.
Comment: How will the sites receive financial rewards for enhanced attendance?
Response: Pending the increase in ADA by site, the funds that are enhanced will be shared with the school sites for their site-level decision making on allocation.
Comment: What are the specifics related to the increases in staffing in the maintenance area?
Response: Pending the need, there may be some necessary restructuring of current positions, which could include a change in hours for current staff and/or the addition of temporary staffing support for specific projects (including those related to energy management.)
Comment: Is there an expectation that all sites would implement the PBIS program?
Response: This would be discretionary for sites to consider. There would be district support for PBIS or another research-based program that would meet the unique needs of the school site.
Comment: There is a need to consider the specific needs of students attending school sites when allocations of counselor support is made.
Response: Staff will fully evaluate student needs when assigning counselor support to each site in the coming school years.
Comment: It is difficult to include students in the Site Wellness Councils at the TK-6 grade levels.
Response: School Principals will determine the most appropriate composition of the Site Wellness Councils to meet the needs of the school sites.
Comment: Please clarify the need for additional technology support.
Response: Due to the Wireless Infrastructure Project (WIP) and the increased need for the use of technologies, additional hours and days may be necessary, but no new positions are being recommended.
Comment: Can summer keyboarding practice opportunities be provided to students?
Response: This may become one of the enhanced enrichments that will be offered, such as the concept of working together with ESF to offer the iCode program in Summer, 2014.
Comment: There is a need for the creation of a GATE Coordinator position similar to the CCCSS and EL Coordinator positions.
Response: Staff will consider this recommendation in the next draft of the LCAP.
Comment: There is a need to explore the costs and options for providing foreign language to students during the school day.
Response: Staff will research possible options and include information in the next draft of the LCAP.
Comment: There is support for the increase in Library Clerk and Counselor hours to serve students.
Response: These areas are included in the Draft LCAP.
Comment: There is support for the classroom, choral and instrumental music to be included into the district's curriculum design, with ESF support if available.
Response: These programs have been included in the Draft LCAP.
Comment: There is a need to explore options for providing enrichment programs to students on Mondays during the hours of teacher collaboration, when students are released from classes early.
Response: Staff will explore the options for this increased opportunity for students on Mondays.
Comment: Classroom Instructional Aides have been identified as a priority in the past. These positions were reduced due to budget constraints. There is a need to consider restoration without increasing the class size projections. This would provide additional support to students.
Response: Staff will consider options for restoration of these positions.
Comment: There is appreciation expressed for including the areas of social, emotional, physical health, safety and resiliency in addition to academic achievement.
Response: These areas will continue to be goals in the LCAP in the next draft documents.
Comment: There is support for the Computer Coding electives for students during the school day.
Response: Plans in include these options for students are included in the Draft LCAP.
Comment: Due to the need to focus upon the sub-groups, consider re-ordering the goals to demonstrate a commitment to these students
Response: Staff will consider making a change to the order of the LCAP Draft goals.
Comment: There is support for the enhancement/increase of maintenance staff hours as needed for site safety.
Response: Plans for possible increases are included in the Draft LCAP.
Comment: There is support of the concept of developing a cadre of GATE Coaches on each of the seven campuses.
Response: This concept is included in the Draft LCAP.
We look forward to embracing this new change and in continuing to engage our community in the finalization of our goals for our students - continuing to enhance the outstanding educational opportunities for each and every student. We continue to embrace the concept of "Every Student - Every School - Every Day" in the EUSD LCAP.