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Master Facilities Planning: Improving our School Facilities

In July 2015, the Board of Education approved a District-wide Master Facilities Plan (MFP). This plan, developed collaboratively over the past several years, creates a roadmap of improvements to provide safe, well-maintained classrooms, labs, libraries/media centers and instructional technology that support a modern education and reduce overcrowding in our schools. San Rafael voters passed Measures A & B in November 2015 to fund a portion of the MFP.

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Historic Shift in School Funding

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) represent dramatic changes to funding for California public schools.  

Visit our LCAP/LCFF webpage for further details including:

  • The final plans
  • An executive summary
  • Other resources and information

To view a presentation describing the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) click here. Spanish Version

 

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Our Mission:
Lifting student achievement. Every student, every day. 


Our Vision:
Every student will be a confident learner, an effective communicator, a critical thinker and
a positive contributor to the global community.
 

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SRCS' 2016-19 LCAPs Approved

California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) reshapes school funding and aims to improve achievement for all students. LCFF, and its counterpart, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) — are anchored by the notion that California must do better for its underperforming students.

Our entire SRCS community is integral to shaping our plans for continued success and growth. This year, the stakeholder engagement was all about implementation. We focused on the data, what we have learned and a how to build a strong implementation schedule. 

SRCS' LCAP Stakeholder Taskforce and Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) played key roles in reviewing data and providing feedback on our plans. The PAC kicked off the work earlier this year, and the Stakeholder Taskforce met four times throughout the year. On June 6, the PAC reconvened to review the draft Elementary School District and High School District 2016-19 LCAPs. Participants had the opportunity to submit questions to the superintendent. Click here to find the responses to the questions.

On June 29, 2016, the Board of Education approved the ESD and HSD LCAPs. Click here to learn more about our LCAP and the development process and to download the approved LCAPs.

SRCS Welcomes New Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Mayra Perez was named Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice for San Rafael City Schools. She will join the district on July 1, 2016. This position oversees the district’s instructional and teaching program, with a goal of ensuring equitable and high academic outcomes for all students, and enhancing systems and structures to support the instructional needs of school sites. She will work with Superintendent Michael Watenpaugh, Ed.D. to develop district policies and framework that advance and prioritize the work of the district’s strategic plan. Click here to read more. 

Board Takes Action on Implementing Bond Funds

Site Projects, Schedules and Budgets Identified
At its recent meeting, the Board of Education received an update on SRCS' Capital Facilities Program after a busy past few months of community workshops and conversations on improving our school facilities. 

At the meeting:

  • The Board adopted the eight-year program maps for each district, which identify the projects, schedule and budgets for the program. 
  • Additionally, the Board approved the first phase of implementation for each district, which allows SRCS to begin detailed project design and planning for implementation for the next two years of the programs. 

Click here to learn more about the program, as well as information about the recent community workshops. 

Board Members Earn Masters in Governance

IMG_0670.JPGSan Rafael City Schools Board of Education members Rachel Kertz and Maika Llorens Gulati joined their fellow trustees in completing the California School Board Association’s Masters in Governance program. 

The Masters in Governance program is a nine-course program focused on the effective management and role of school board trustees. The program equips board members and superintendents with the knowledge and skills necessary to build and support an effective governance structure. Trustees Kertz and Llorens Gulati agree the program offers a unique opportunity to join other trustees from across California to share best practices and discuss current issues and trends. 

Congratulations to both on completing their Masters in Governance!

Apply for SRCS' Citizen Bond Oversight Committee

San Rafael City Schools is establishing an Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee for Measures A & B, which were passed in November 2015, in accordance with Proposition 39. For these types of bonds, California law requires a committee to oversee the expenditure of money for the construction, repair, and modernization of schools by SRCS. The committee will communicate its finding to the Board of Education and the public in order to ensure that school bond funds are invested as the voters intended and that projects are completed wisely and efficiently.

If you have questions, please contact 415-492-3233.

School Vaccine Update

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, parents or guardians of students in any school or child care facility, whether public or private, will no longer be allowed to submit a personal beliefs exemption (PBE) to a currently required vaccine. PBEs submitted prior to Jan. 1, 2016 will be honored until the student enrolls in TK/K or enters seventh grade. For more information on school vaccination requirements, please visit www.shotsforschool.org
 
 A partir del 1 de enero del 2016, ya no se permitirá que los padres de familia o tutores de los estudiantes en cualquier escuela o centro de cuidado infantil, ya sea público o privado, presenten una exención por creencias personales para una vacuna que se requiera actualmente.  Las exenciones por creencias personales (PBE, en inglés) presentadas antes del 1 de enero de 2016, continuarán siendo válidas hasta que el estudiante ingrese al kindergarten (o kínder de transición) o al 7º grado. Para informarse más sobre la ley (SB) 277 y las vacunas requeridas en las escuelas, favor de dirigirse a www.shotsforschool.org

Measures A & B Pass

Thank you, San Rafael Community!

The San Rafael community overwhelmingly supported our ballot measures to improve our school facilities! 

  • Measure A, the District's $108 million bond measure to fund updates to our elementary and middle schools, passed on Nov. 3 with 100 percent of precincts reporting, receiving 66 percent of the vote.  
  • Measure B, the District's $161 million bond measure to fund updates to our high schools, also passed on Nov. 3 with 100 percent of precincts reporting, receiving 67 percent of the vote. 

The measures needed a 55 percent majority to pass. Additionally, Greg Knell, Linda Jackson and Maika Llorens Gulati retained their seats on the SRCS Board of Education. Click here to read more.

Understanding Our State Assessment Results

Recently, the state of California released results for the new statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests are aligned to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards. This marks an exciting change as California seeks to raise the bar and realize much higher levels of academic achievement for its students. Click here to read more.

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Click here for the presentation from the recent forum for parents on the results and interpreting student score reports.

Elementary Teacher is Marin County Teacher of the Year

DSC_0061.jpgWe are filled with excitement and pride as we share that Karrie Coulter, currently a second grade teacher at Short Elementary, was selected as the Marin County Teacher of the Year! A crew of District representatives visited her classroom to surprise her with the news. As the county honoree, Karrie will continue on in the process for California Teachers of the Year, which highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. Congratulations, Karrie!

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