Cutler presents plan to receive state funding

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Since 2015, the school district has been making a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) in order to outline the specific needs for state granted Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) money. The LCAP is a plan put together with input from administrators, district staff, the school board, parents, students and community members through an extensive survey process.

Superintendent Todd Cutler presented an executive summary of the LCAP to the school board on their regular meeting of Thursday, May 17.

“This is a three-year plan. Previous to this year it was updated every year as a three year plan,” said Cutler.

The state is now asking districts to update the plan just once every three years.

“The information isn’t supposed to make dramatic shifts. There are minimal changes, the goals have not changed,” said Cutler.

The LCAP has three goals: WJUSD is committed to preparing students to be college and career ready, WJUSD is committed to fostering conditions of learning that promote student success and WJUSD is committed to engaging all stakeholders in creating a safe and welcoming environment for learning.

Cutler highlighted some small changes including taking away the Naviance software and adding more hours for a psychologist for the district.

Naviance is software that helps students explore their career goals and catalog student progress after they graduate.

“We’ve given Naviance a try, it did not fully fulfill our needs. As we’ve done the focus groups and the surveys, we know we’re doing this career readiness thing but it doesn’t seem like everyone’s understanding that, we have some holes,” said Cutler.

Board president Robert Warren said he was looking forward to being able to track student outcomes after high school, and he urged the district to look for a way to do that.

“I hope that all involved have learned some lessons, I was greatly disappointed that it failed,” he said.

“I wouldn’t see it as a failure,” said Cutler, “It was just very limited for our students. It wasn’t worth the $10,000.”

The board will conduct a public hearing on the document at the regular meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 7.

 

Facilities

The board unanimously approved a Lease-Leaseback agreement with Landmark Construction for the bleacher and stadium light replacement at the high school.

According to Van Pelt Construction Services project manager Mary Fitzpatrick, who is overseeing all Measure R and D construction, the board will vote on a guaranteed maximum price for the project at the next meeting, Thursday, June 7.

“Landmark will start on Monday,” said Fitzpatrick.

“The track will not be open to the public during construction, the only thing it’s going to be open for is graduation,” she clarified.

 

Recognition

Winters Middle School students Caron Morris, Karla Garibay and Joe Aguiar received Star Awards for academic excellence and citizenship.

The board also recognized Rebecca Fridae, Mary Lou Moreno, JoanE Jussell, Kim Hyer and James Van Velzer, who are retiring from the district.

“Jim has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the students,” said Cutler about Van Velzer, thanking him for his service.

Cutler recognized Jussell for her unique style and enthusiasm.

“She has brought so much color and music and joy into the lives of our young students,” he said.

“I am looking forward to what the kids in kindergarten look forward to every day, which is playing more and working less,” said Jussell.

The superintendent congratulated Fridae for 35 years of teaching in the district.

“She has been an advocate for so many things,” he said.

“I am the fortunate one to have been here,” said Fridae, “The students are wonderful and it’s a wonderful district.”

American Field Study students who spend a year away from friends and family to experience high school in a new country were also recognized at the meeting.

Emanuela Corria from Italy, Martin Alvarez from Argentina and Soya Kangranwanich from Thailand each spoke briefly about their experience.

“I think the main thing I want to say today is to thank the community, they always wanted to know something about me,” said Corria.

“I have become a lot more confident in myself,” said Kangranwanich.

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