Palm Springs Unified Schools District is currently working on the fifth year of our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and, once again, are seeking input from staff, students, parents and community members on changes, additions or deletions to our current plan.
As part of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), all districts in California are required to prepare a LCAP, which describes how we intend to meet annual goals for pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified. This past year, PSUSD has been able to provide many additional support programs and services for students, due to more local control of funding. As a result of the input received from stakeholders, additions funded during the past year through LCAP include:
- Elementary, Secondary Literacy Coaches
- Additional Staff Development
- Career and Technical Education
- Additional Technology Staff and Support
- Class Size Reduction
- District-wide Full Day Kindergarten
- Counseling Support at Elementary and Middle Schools
- Increased arts opportunities
As the District prepares for its 2018-19 plan, stakeholders are being asked to provide feedback and suggestions. Two community forums are scheduled for Jan. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Edward Wenzlaff Education Center 11625 West Street, Desert Hot Springs; and Jan. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Unified District Service Center at 150 District Center Way, Palm Springs. Each school site has or will be hosting a forum. The dates for those forums, along with an input survey (in English and Spanish) for all interested community members to provide suggestions for the 2018-19 LCAP plan, can be found on the home page of the PSUSD website at www.psusd.us under the “Parents” drop down under “LCAP/LCFF Info.”
“The Palm Springs Unified School District has taken significant actions in its LCAP to increase student success and provide increased options for our students and parents,” said PSUSD Director of State and Federal Programs Mark Arnold. “This is a personal invite to engage with the District in envisioning what our community desires for its students.”
The deadline for survey response and input is Feb. 28. The Board of Education will discuss survey results, initial actions and outcomes at their April 10 meeting at 6 p.m. prior to the actual writing of the plan. A public hearing on the plan will be held on June 12, 2018, at 6 p.m. prior to the board vote later that evening.