SRVUSD seeks feedback on local accountability plan

Survey asks for review of 2015-16 LCAP, input for drafting of 2016-17 LCAP

The San Ramon Valley school district is seeking citizen feedback on its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) adopted for 2015-16 and the new plan being drafted for the upcoming term.

The LCAP, required for local districts statewide under California's Local Control Funding Formula, describes objectives, actions steps, expenditures and methods of assessing progress for a three-year period in top priority areas defined by the district.

"Through our LCAP survey, we welcome parent, staff, student and community input on our goals and the progress that we have made," superintendent Mary Shelton said. "We are fortunate in our district to have such a supportive community. The LCAP survey and process is just one more way for our community to be involved in our district."

The 2015-16 LCAP, adopted last June and applicable to the 2015-16 through 2017-18 school years, focuses on goals for issues such as student performance, school climate, facility maintenance and employee development.

With the current school year approaching the midway point and the drafting process for the 2016-17 LCAP on the horizon, the school district has released an online survey to receive citizen feedback on the 2015-16 and 2016-17 LCAPs.

The estimated 10-minute survey -- open to parents, students, district staff and other community members -- is scheduled to close on Friday (Nov. 20) at 5 p.m.

Survey responses will be shared with the LCAP Advisory Team and will be used as part of the process to refine or change existing goals and/or develop new objectives going forward, according to district officials.

The drafting effort of the 2016-17 LCAP (covering 2016-17 through 2018-19) is set to include reviewing progress toward existing goals, collecting community input and holding public discussions before the school board leading up to final adoption in mid-2016.

The 2015-16 LCAP outlined nine self-defined objectives for the district:

* Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate college, career and community readiness

* Increase the percentage of students who feel connected to and safe at school and decrease the overall percentage of suspensions and expulsions as well as the disparity among subgroups

* Expand course offerings to increase opportunities for all students

* Provide standards-based instructional materials (including technology and assistive technology support) for all students and professional development for teachers

* Continue recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining the best and most highly qualified candidates and market SRVUSD as a school district that embraces diversity

* Allocate funding to school sites to support implementation of school site plan goals and other necessary expenses

* Narrow the achievement gap among all subgroups in the areas of English-language arts and mathematics

* Increase parent involvement among all subgroups

* Restore maintenance support to all school sites.

For more information, visit the SRVUSD's LCAP webpage.

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