Superintendent Amy Slavensky’s Response to the Community Following the LCAP Public Hearing Period from June 13, 2018 through June 26, 2018
Dear Amador County Public Schools Community,
Thank you for your participation in the 2018-19 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process. The process took place between January – June 2018 and included community meetings in each of the five major regions of our county, staff meetings at every school, a broad based survey and data review process, and the work of the LCAP Advisory Committee to review the data, identify themes and needs, and prioritize potential actions and services to meet the needs of all students.
Since 2014, The California Department of Education (CDE) has been working to support local control with respect to how school districts and county offices of education make educational decisions to support all students. With fiscal oversight and other accountability measures in place, the CDE provides certain expectations and the 10 required state priorities to support local control. One of these expectations is the hearing period between the Board of Trustees’ first reading and second reading/adoption of the annual budget and the annual revision of the LCAP. The Board declared a successful first reading on June 13, 2018 and the second reading/adoption will be June 27, 2018.
During the hearing period, announced at the June 13th Board of Trustees meeting and on the ACUSD public webpage, additional feedback beyond the January-June process may be received from community members. The public webpage makes this announcement and provides an email link to me for this purpose. In response to feedback, the following information is provided.
The Board of Trustees, staff and the community are in agreement about certain priorities including student achievement and social-emotional wellness for all students. As a result, the two related main goals from 2017-18 will continue into 2018-19 with related actions and services to support them.
Based on multiple data sets (survey, student achievement, observational, narrative response, etc.) and resulting effectiveness, some actions and services will be strengthened and others will be reduced or limited. For example, pending Board approval on June 27th, two additional, full-time counselor positions will be added. This is based on needs demonstrated in the data and success achieved with the addition of two counselor positions in 2017-18. We anticipate that our current five (5) and two (2) new, highly qualified grades TK-8 counselors and five (5) grades 9-12 counselors will strengthen the great work in progress supporting students’ social-emotional needs and families’ related resource needs.
During the public hearing period, feedback was also received about arts education. This continues to be a related priority and is supported through: (a) substantial school site allocations (new approach in 2017-18 and being refined through site-based shared decision making), (b) district funded full-time art, vocational arts and music/band teachers, and (c) the LCAP actions and services. Additionally, the district is working collaboratively with the Amador Arts Education Alliance to develop a 3-year plan which will further support arts education in our schools.
Thank you again for your continued feedback and support, on behalf of all Amador County Public Schools students.
Dr. Amy L. Slavensky, Superintendent of Schools