Superintendent's Loomis School District Strategic Plan Report

By: Paul Johnson, Loomis Union School District superintendent
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Loomis School District Strategic Plan Report Looking back on this past school year, there have been many “firsts” for schools in the district as plans created by the education community were put in place. Here are a few notables: Communication • The district went paperless by establishing a parent e-mail distribution list. • Statewide honors were awarded to Penryn School, named a California Distinguished School, and Loomis Grammar School, named a Title I High Achievement Award school. • Two schools performed a BETA test on the Aeries Browser Interface (ABI), an upcoming program that will allow parents to access student grades on a nightly basis. Technology • The district installed 12 SMART Interactive White Boards in classrooms. In addition, every grade 4-8 teacher received a new laptop or tablet and a digital projector. • An extensive 6-day training program was launched by a technology specialist recruited from Hewlett Packard. • This coming year, the focus will turn to primary grade teacher training and the installation of ceiling mounted digital projectors and ELMO 3 dimensional document readers. Fiscal Resources • The Board approved a new charter petition for the Loomis Basin Charter School. The school will open in August 2008, adjacent to Franklin School, and will feature the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. • The charter school has received a $600,000 implementation grant from the state for start-up expenses! • The Loomis Basin Education Foundation (LBEF) held its first annual fundraiser, the Manda Run. Nearly 250 runners and kids competed in events, raising nearly $25,000. • Manda Run II is coming October 18, 2008. In addition, the first annual Holiday Home Tour will be sponsored by the LBEF. • Nearly $17,000 in LBEF grants will be awarded to staff and community members for the next school year. These are innovation grants that support the strategic plan. • A new website was launched for LBEF. Visit Facilities • Measure G went before the voters and narrowly lost. With the downturn in the economy, LUSD is currently exploring other funding and project alternatives to maintain and improve its facilities. Enrichment • The district wrote a Physical Education (PE) grant that was funded by the State at $140,000 per year, ongoing. Three new PE teachers were hired as a result. • LUSD created a Visual and Performing Arts Plan for implementation next year. Highlights include an advanced choir, after-school strings orchestra program, and classroom music program improvements. • Next year, an after-school Spanish program will be offered. The district will combine forces with the charter school to hire a full-time Spanish teacher. Curriculum and Instruction • LUSD created a Professional Learning Center (PLC) where staff received intensive training in technology, writing, DIBELS, and GATE. • Teachers in grades K-3 implemented DIBELS, a reading assessment where teachers assess students and enter data into a Palm Pilot. This data is used by staff in targeting reading instruction. • Next year, all schools will be implementing additional components of Response to Intervention (RtI). Learning centers will be developed and implemented at all sites. • This next year, the district will begin developing plans to “infuse” the IB instructional strategies into all LUSD schools. To learn more of the exciting plans for the next five years, visit the district website, The Loomis School District continues to be one of the state’s highest scoring school districts. Our students are recognized statewide and nationally in academics and athletics. These summer months will be busy as we prepare for another successful year ahead. loomis basin