The Magnolia Message – Letter from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Spotlight on Student Learning, the District’s monthly electronic newsletter.

Each edition of this year’s Spotlight will have a different theme, and this month’s theme concerns the year-long assessment, which is now underway, of the adequacy of school facilities to support our changing educational programs.  This assessment is sometimes referred to as “facilities master planning.”  This Spotlight also includes information about other year-long planning and goal-setting concerning our educational programs.  As discussed below, I encourage all families to participate in these planning meetings.

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piedmontThe District recently completed a major seismic safety and technology modernization program, so you may wonder why the District would need or want to do a facilities assessment.  The facilities should be in great shape, right?  The answer is both yes and no, so please read on!

The District continually strives to develop and deliver relevant curriculum, and enhance learning opportunities for all students.  To do so, the District needs adequate facilities and other infrastructure to support learning and instruction, now and in the future.

Throughout this year, the school community will assess the adequacy of facilities to support current and future educational programs.  For example:

  • Are the District’s Science classrooms and labs adequate to support instruction of the Next Generation Science Standards, which the District will implement over the next several years?
  • Can the District accommodate increasing enrollment across the District?
  • What facilities might be needed to offer new, often-requested courses in engineering, computer science, and graphic arts?

The year-long assessment will address: the current and future educational needs of students; classroom and other facility functionality and capacity; compliance with accessibility and safety codes; and capacity to accommodate increasing enrollment.

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The District will host public meetings at each school site to discuss the facility needs of each respective school.  Educators, students, families, and the broader Piedmont community are encouraged to participate in this assessment and provide input into development of a facilities master plan, which will establish priorities for facilities improvements going forward.  These improvements may be relatively modest (such as the introduction of flexible furniture to create flexible learning spaces), or more substantial (such as classroom renovation).

The site meetings are as follows:

Piedmont High School:                      October 26th                3:45pm-5:15pm

Piedmont Middle School:                   November 2nd              3:30pm-5:00pm

Millennium High School:                    November 5th               3:30pm-5:00pm

Havens Elementary School:               November 12th             3:30pm-5:00pm

Wildwood Elementary School:            November 19th             3:30pm-5:00pm

Beach Elementary School:                 November 30th             3:30pm-5:00pm

Piedmont High/Millennium High:         December 1st               3:30pm-5:00pm


Following these individual school site meetings, the Board of Education will host a special meeting dedicated to reviewing all input received at the school site meetings.  The meeting will be held on December 14, 2015 at 9:00am in the PUSD District Office.  As with the site meetings, members of the public are encouraged to participate.

The District will host two additional public meetings to solicit community input on the adequacy of school facilities.  These meetings will be held on January 12th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, and January 19th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

The Board of Education will likely approve the Facilities Master Plan — priorities for facilities improvements going forward — in February.

I welcome your questions and comments at any time, so please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Randall Booker, Superintendent

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