Hamilton K-8 hosted a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Town Hall Advisory Meeting with Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) Superintendent Christi Barrett and other district members March 30. The event was held in Room 301 and a continental breakfast was served.
The room was packed to capacity with parents, guardians and community leaders. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Dr. David Horton took to the podium to outline the LCAP and what the district was looking for regarding input from the parents.
“There’s more to a school that makes it successful,” Horton stated, describing the district’s priorities including, basic services, implementation of state standards, course access, student achievement, other student outcomes, student engagement, parent involvement and school climate.
The LCAP goals are 100 percent attendance, 100 percent student achievement and 100 percent graduation, he explained.
“Our mission is to prepare every student to be ready to compete in the present world economy and follow their dreams in whatever direction they choose,” Horton said
Horton introduced HUSD Superintendent Christi Barrett, who reiterated the district’s vision for students, annual goals and the specific actions it will take to achieve those goals.
HUSD Director of Accountability Dr. David Howland took over the meeting, describing several entertaining activities that the audience would be participating in. The intent of the activities was to get positive feedback from the group regarding what they would like to see in a “perfect” school.
The first activity was simple, those in attendance were asked to locate someone in the room that had a similar pair of shoes and share a special school memory. This caused friendly mingling and fond remembrances of school days’ past.
That exercise complete, Howland moved efficiently to the next. The audience was put into groups and paired with school personnel, who guided a discussion on what items the people would like to see more of, or be added to the school. What was important? These ideas were written down on posters that were fixed to the walls. More art, music and drama; better science labs; culinary training; smaller classes; more language classes; student safety; and a gym were some of the suggestions presented.
Finally, the groups went to each of the posters and discussed the items listed. Amazingly, many had identical themes. The posters were collected and their ideas preserved.
Carlos Navarro, Director of State & Federal Programs and Barrett spoke some in closing, thanking the group for their participation. The event was educational, fun, positive and informative, most said. The enthusiasm of the school personnel was evident and they shared this with the entire group.
The ideas developed at the meeting and other meetings like it throughout the district will be presented to the HUSD Board in May and those chosen will be voted on in June.
The California state Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is an opportunity for parents to offer their input and to help shape the future of their children’s education.
As part of the LCFF, school districts, COEs (County Offices of Education) and charter schools are required to develop, adopt and annually update the three-year LCAP using a template adopted by the California State Board of Education.