LCAP Community Engagement Meeting – 2/25/16 – 7-8:30pm

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 - Posted in All District News

PUSD will host its second Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Community Engagement Night on Thursday, February 25th – 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the PHS Student Center.  All parents, guardians and other members of the school community are invited to participate.

We will learn about the goal development process for the 2016-17 school year, as well as engage in conversation about desired goals across the various school sites.

To learn more about the LCAP and District goals, please visit:

PUSD Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) 2015-16

For those who may not be familiar with the annual LCAP, I have included a brief section below with background information. For more information, see:

http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/learn/blog/2015/09/27/pusd-begins-year-long-reflection-and-goal-setting/

Background:  The Local Control Accountability Plan
Starting in 2013-14, the State of California changed its formula for funding local school districts. This new funding model is designed to hold school districts accountable for appropriating and spending money only to further goals that are specifically articulated and targeted to improve student outcomes.

This new funding model, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), requires that each district develop an annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  The LCAP is a strategic plan that links the school district budget with State goals and local priorities for student achievement.  Each district must develop an LCAP each year, and then adopt a budget based on the needs and goals articulated in the LCAP.

Each school district’s LCAP must conform to specific content and format requirements mandated by both the State and the respective County Office of Education (in our case, the Alameda County Office of Education).  The purpose of these mandatory requirements is to promote standardized, measurable goals intended to improve: conditions for learning; student outcomes; and community engagement.  The State then uses these standardized plans to allocate education funding and support progress across school districts.

In addition to the mandatory categories, each school district may identify and incorporate goals related to local priorities.  Development of these local priorities is dependent on the participation and input by parents and guardians.  We invite you participate!

Process for Developing LCAP Goals and Priorities
Piedmont Unified has established an LCAP Advisory Committee, which will play a leading role in both developing the annual LCAP and reviewing progress toward achieving the LCAP goals.  As explained below, the LCAP Committee will consist of parent representatives, teachers, students, staff members, and administrators, and will draw input from a variety of sources.

The District has a variety of well-established committees and support organizations, and these groups will contribute to the development of local goals and priorities for the LCAP.  These groups include the Parent Clubs, Site Councils, Piedmont Education Foundation, District Advisory Committees (Budget Advisory Committee, English Learner Advisory Committee, Technology Advisory Committee, GATE Advisory Committee,  Special Education Advisory Committee), and school support organizations.  These long-standing groups will assist in LCAP development in two important ways.  First, each of these groups will devote some time to discuss and propose goals and priorities to meet these needs and better serve our students.  Second, each of these groups will designate a parent representative to the LCAP Advisory Committee.  The parent representative will convey the group’s discussions and serve as a conduit for information concerning goal setting and priorities.

In addition, the LCAP Advisory Committee will host several LCAP Engagement Nights — evening meetings to review the goals and components of the LCAP and gather additional public input. These evening meetings are open to all.

The LCAP Advisory Committee will synthesize all of this input concerning goals and priorities and develop recommendations to the Board of Education.  This process will be similar to “Shaping Our Future,” the District’s day-long community-wide goal-setting conference held twice in recent years.  Although the LCAP discussions will take place over a series of meetings rather than in a single day, the LCAP process will be similar to  Shaping Our Future as it will feature facilitated and broad-ranging discussions among parents, educators, students, staff members, and administrators concerning educational goals.

LCAP Timeline Overview

This year, the timeline for LCAP development is as follows:

August – December:  The school site councils are meeting to review educational data, identify means to better support students, and develop themes and goals for the coming year.  The site councils will propose their plans to the Board of Education for approval.  Similarly, other school groups are encouraged to articulate plans to better support students.

January – March:  The LCAP Advisory Committee will synthesize input gathered from the site councils and other groups into a draft LCAP.

April – May:   The LCAP Advisory Committee will present draft goals for the 2016-17 school year to the Board of Education.  District staff will then develop detailed steps and actions to achieve each goal.

June:  The Board of Education will approve the 2016-17 LCAP, including the action plan.

How To Get Involved
A successful LCAP depends on input from the entire school community, so please …

Join a Committee:  Join your parent club or site council, or attend any of the various District Advisory Committees or school support groups, and join in the important discussions about how the District may better serve our students.

Participate in the LCAP Engagement Nights:  The LCAP Engagement Nights will be held from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Piedmont Middle School Multi-Purpose Room on the follow dates:

  • November 9
  • February 25
  • April 26

Sincerely

Randall Booker, Superintendent

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