Monday, October 27, 2014

LCAP Progress by Steve Godla

Along with all other districts in California, Del Norte Unified School District is in the first year of LCAP implementation. During the 2013-14 academic year the district LCAP Coordination team (Sean Smith, Lisa Howard, Theresa Slayton, and Steve Godla) conducted 41 Stakeholder group meetings with over 280 people participating, surveyed 1763 individuals and helped facilitate two Community wide BHC meetings (over 500 participants in the 2 meetings). The two highest priorities from the stakeholder input sessions were to: 1) increase student achievement, and 2) Maintain a positive school climate. The LCAP process statewide required that districts specifically address how the educational outcomes of English Learners, Foster Youth and Low Income students will be addressed.

Specific Student Achievement LCAP expenditures to address these priorities include:

Hiring an additional teacher at Smith River to reduce Combo Classes for English Learners

Hiring a 50% English Language Development Teacher/Intervention Teacher at Crescent Elk Middle School

Hire an additional 1.2 Music Teacher

Hiring a ½ time Bilingual Assistant

Hiring a Foster Liaison

Hiring a Preschool Teacher and two Preschool Instructional Assistants.

Increase Summer School funding

Purchase high interest and bilingual library materials

Purchase College and Career online program

Fund Instructional Strategies Professional Development for teachers and administrators.

Provide ESL training for Parents/Guardians

Increased CTE offerings

Specific School Climate LCAP expenditures include:

Hire an additional Maintenance staff employee

Fund the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) process

Fund Restorative Justice training for teachers

Attendance Incentives for school sites and students

Fund Parent Education Nights

Increase Parent Involvement funds

The district will begin collecting stakeholder input for the development of the 2015-16 LCAP in the next few months. Thank you in advance for your participation in the LCAP development process.