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Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Update – June, 2015Top of Page

The Eureka Union School District DRAFT Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) continues to be revised as a result of stakeholder input and suggestions. Meetings of all stakeholder groups took place on Wednesday, April 29, from 9:30 am – 5:15pm. The first Preliminary Public Hearing for review and comment was held in conjunction with the May 5, 2015 Meeting of the Board of Trustees, with the second Preliminary Public Hearing held in conjunction with the June 2, 2015 Board Meeting. 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 5 and June 2 meetings. 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 and second Preliminary Public Hearings on May 5th and June 2nd, the following comments were made. Responses are included with each comment. The Board of Trustees will hold the Official Public Hearing on June 23 at 7:00pm in conjunction with the June 23 Board Meeting. If you care to make additional comments, you may e-mail Superintendent Linda Rooney at lrooney@eurekausd.org
 
Comments/Responses from May 5th Preliminary Public Hearing:
 
Comment: Consider increasing the District Office Receptionist position from the proposed 3.5 hours per day to 8.0 hours per day.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Will the negotiated settlement agreement salary increases be reflected in the revised LCAP document?
Response: The document budget figures will be adjusted as new financial information and Board approvals are made.
 
Comment: The District website revisions should be made sooner rather than later. Adequate funding to design the new site should be included in the LCAP.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
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: What is the difference between the percentage of students generating supplemental funds through LCFF for Roseville City School District vs. the Eureka Union School District?
Response: Roseville City: 35% and Eureka Union: 13%
 
Comment: Did the stakeholder input show continued support for continuing to support reduced/lower class sizes throughout the district?
Response: Yes – from all stakeholder groups – this was a priority area.
 
Comment: What is the cost of one day of professional development for all certificated staff members
Response: .5% salary increase or approximately $75,000 per day
 
Comment: Teachers are the most important resource in the district and should be given priority for funding. Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: What is the cost of the tentative settlement agreements for all certificated and classified groups? Response: Approximately $1,000,050, based upon preliminary estimates.
 
Comment: Has funding been set aside for future curriculum adoptions?
Response: Yes. The funds are designated for such purchases.
 
Comment: How are the funds earmarked to serve targeted populations?
Response: LCAP designation in the budget column shows “supplemental” as a notation
 
Comment: Concerns regarding the World Language instructional program include classroom management, scheduling within a fully scheduled school day, grade level designation, costs of materials, costs of staffing as the number of grade levels served continues to grow and the timing for planning and implementation. Parent and student stakeholder input supports the World Language program.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input. Financial information showing long term costs will be provided for consideration.
 
Comment: There is a need to work toward the revamping and restructuring of current master schedule at the junior high schools to allow for greater student access to enrichment and elective courses.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Support was stated for additional School and District Office Clerk time.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Is the district funding one period of Assistant Principal responsibilities to support technology/website needs district-wide?
Response: Yes. This is a planned ongoing expense.
 
Comment: Support was expressed for increased nurse time for an additional day of nursing services to address increased responsibilities and requirements.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input. Comment: Stakeholder input noted that although increased instructional aide support is important, it was not seen as a priority for funding at this time. Response: This projected cost in the first LCAP has been removed to date.
 
Comment: There is support for the Naviance program.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: How many stakeholder groups were consulted in the process of developing the LCAP draft to date?
Response: Parents, students, staff, all bargaining groups in the district, curriculum and instruction committees, and all gatherings of teams
 
Comment: Support for additional funding to be allocated for the continued purchase of ChromeBooks and carts for student use.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input and could be added should additional one-time funding become available.
 
Comment: Recommended funding in LCAP Year #3 for the support of EUSD’s independent link to the Placer County Office of Education to eliminate sharing with other neighboring districts.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Recommendation that professional development for teachers is scheduled outside of the school day to avoid substitute costs and lost instructional time.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Appreciation was expressed for a more “reader friendly” LCAP with budget information included to match district budget.
Response: This will continue to be refined in the new format.
 
Comment: Expressed support for the additional custodian position.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Expressed concerns regarding the instructional model for the English Language Specialist position. Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Expressed support for the 12 month Technology Technician positions.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Strong support was expressed by English Learner parents for the Summer Camp expansion
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Recommendation expressed to add a “key” to the coding on the LCAP template
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Additional details requested for the Energy projects and other facilities needs
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Expressed a need to support 4th grade students transitioning from the TK-3 schools by counselors on school sites
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Clarification that Site Budgets would include allocations to specifically support targeted populations. Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Consider the addition of a groundskeeper position to increase support.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Need expressed for additional parent awareness of extra programs available to students. Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comment: Music and arts continues to be important to stakeholders.
Response: This will be further addressed as the LCAP is revised per the Public Hearing input.
 
Comments/Responses from June 2nd Preliminary Public Hearing:
 
 Comment: Question was raised regarding the increase in hours for the Health Clerks rather than the School Office Clerks to allow for greater adult supervision and support for the students on campus.
Response: The staff reviewed the job descriptions for each of the positions, held discussions with the Site Administrators and continue to recommend that the hours of the School Office Clerks be increased to allow their presence during from “bell to bell” at each school site. A definition of the duties will be determined by the staff.
 
Comment: The concept of increasing the District Office Clerk position was explored, per the stakeholder input received at the May 5th Public Hearing.
Response: Staff recommends an 8 hour per day position rather than a 3.5 hour per day position as a result of the stakeholder input. Definition of duties will be determined by the staff.
 
Comment: Regarding CPR certification of EUSD staff members, there is interest expressed to provide “incentives” to staff members who become CPR certified. The recommendation includes the providing of the training in the district, with time compensation for attendees.
Response: The staff will develop further plans to address this issue which will be included in the next draft of the LCAP to be reviewed at the June 23 Board Meeting.
 
Comment: Concern was expressed related to the diminishing of the strength of the district should there be too many other competing programs that may negatively affect the music program.
Response: The staff will continue to address the ways in which the schedules for students could be modified to allow for multiple elective options, which will include music.
 
Comment: Regarding World Language instruction, comments included the need for further investigation of the appropriate schedules for inclusion into the daily schedules per site, the development of the plan for the progression of instruction, grade level(s) where the instruction would begin and cost issues related to the purchase of materials, training and instruction by classified staff.
Response: The staff will develop and design a plan for addressing each of these issues during the 2015-16 school year, working together with a designated professional subcommittee to address these issues and develop a plan for the full implementation of the program at designated grade level(s) the following year.
 
Comment: Comments were made regarding the development/re-design of the daily schedules at school sites, including the addressing of the current Master Schedules at the junior high school levels.
Response: The staff will work toward identifying enhanced opportunities within the schedule to allow for greater student access to electives courses, as well as to include the World Language instruction into the regular schedule (non-elective).
 
Comment: Regarding World Language instruction, there is a need to be clear in the goals, which would include the concepts of “fluency” vs. “exposure” to the language. There were comments regarding the most appropriate age levels, based upon research, for the instruction of a World/Second language for children. Response: Staff will work with the professional team to develop the goals for the program.
 
Comment: Input was provided to encourage the use of the current district owned curricular materials, Viva El Espanol, rather than incurring the cost of new materials to be used in the World Language (Spanish) program. Response: Staff will work with the committee to determine the most appropriate resources that will meet the needs of student instruction.
 
Comment: Input reflected that the World Language Sub-Committee embraces and supports the instruction of a World Language. There is support for a full and robust, sustainable program for students which would include more than one grade level per year of implementation.
Response: The staff will address these issues in the next draft of the LCAP document for the June 23 Public Hearing.
 
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.

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