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Improving our School Facilities
In July 2015, the Board of Education approved a District-wide Master Facilities Plan. This plan, developed collaboratively over the past several years, creates a roadmap of improvements to our school facilities. San Rafael voters generously approved Measures A & B in November 2015 to fund a portion of the MFP.
Over the next eight years, SRCS' bond program will provide much needed capital improvements to our facilities to create safe, innovative learning environments and to provide instructional technology to support 21st century learning. Additional classrooms, labs and equipment will reduce overcrowding in our schools and will meet the growing demand for hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) classes.
We've launched a new website for Measures A & B - www.srcsbondprogram.org. Click here to learn more about the bond program, follow our progress and learn how you can get involved.
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:
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BOARD RECEIVES PETITION FOR CHARTER SCHOOL
This August, the Board of Education formally received a petition from Ipso School proposing to open an independent charter school in the San Rafael High School District. Their petition calls for opening a charter high school in San Rafael in the fall of 2017.
The District is currently reviewing and analyzing the petition, its proposed operation and how it meets the statutory criteria. The District's review, along with information shared at the public hearing, will help the District develop a recommendation to the Board. This recommendation is scheduled to be shared at the September 26, 2016 Board meeting. The final Board action on the charter petition is also scheduled for the Sept. 26 meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Understanding Our State Assessment Results
In August 2016, the state released results from the 2015-16 school year for the new statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The assessments are aligned to California’s new state standards and feature more short answer and extended response questions that require a deeper understanding of key concepts.
Marin Voice: SRCS ready to prepare pupils for the future
Superintendent Watenpaugh submitted a back-to-school message to the Marin Independent Journal, and it was published on August 18, the first day of school! Click here to read the message.
New Immunization Requirements in Effect
Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 in 2015, which changes immunization requirements for children entering school. These new immunization requirements are currently in effect for the 2016-17 school year. Students with incomplete or missing immunization records cannot register for classes and cannot attend any classes until records are complete. Click here to learn more.
NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE SRHS CAMPUS
San Rafael City Schools is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed expansion and reconstruction at the San Rafael High School campus located at 185 Mission Avenue. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that the District conduct environmental review of the project, which has the potential to result in physical change in the environment.
The District has determined that an EIR will be the required CEQA document for the project. The District is issuing a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to invite comments on the scope and content of the EIR prior to its preparation. Click here to download the NOP.
Responses to this NOP and any related questions or comments regarding the scope or content of the draft EIR must be directed in writing to: Dr. Dan Zaich,San Rafael City Schools, 310 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments on the NOP must be received at the above mailing or e-mail address by Sept. 14, 2016 at 5 pm.
A scoping meeting will be held in the SRHS Library on Sept. 13, 2016 at 6 pm.
Electronic Flyer Delivery Starts this School Year!
SRCS is getting ready to launch a new electronic flyer tool called “Peachjar” to enhance our communication with families! This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and significantly reduce copy costs and will ease the burden for our staff. To view school and District-approved eflyers, you will simply click the Peachjar button on the homepage of you school’s website. You will also be emailed flyers weekly. Click here to learn more.
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.
In June 2016, the Board of Education approved the ESD and HSD LCAPs. Click here to learn more about our LCAP, 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.
Trustees Earn Masters in Governance
SRCS 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.
Apply for SRCS' Citizen Bond Oversight Committee
SRCS 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.
Click here to visit the Bond Oversight Committee's webpage. If you have questions, please contact 415-492-3233.
Measures A & B Pass
Thank you, San Rafael Community!
The San Rafael community overwhelmingly supported our ballot measures to improve our school facilities!
The measures needed a 55 percent majority to pass. Click here to read more.
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