As we begin a new school year, I want to share important information with you about the future of La Cañada USD schools. Our schools are at the heart of our community and prepare local students with the world class education they need for successful futures. As Superintendent, I take great pride in the opportunity I have to work with the engaged parents, students, teachers, and staff that comprise the La Cañada Unified family.
With rigorous academic programs and dedicated teachers and staff, LCUSD consistently ranks in the top 5% in state student achievement scores with 98% of our graduates going on to college.
Maintaining Academic Excellence in Our Schools
To protect our high performing schools and offset some of the impacts of state budget cuts, nearly 75% of La Cañada Flintridge voters approved Measure LC in 2009 and renewed it in 2014. Measure LC continues to provide reliable funding to protect the most essential instructional programs for our students. The measure is set to expire in 2021.
This funding has been central to the LCUSD budget. The State of California provides far less money per student than nearly every other state in the country – and with changes in the state funding formula, La Canada schools receive some of the lowest levels of student funding in California. We can’t rely on the State if we want to have high quality schools in our community.
Maintaining this locally controlled source of funding which the State cannot touch is important in allowing LCUSD to continue to:
- Attract and retain the most qualified teachers and maintain manageable class sizes
- Continue to offer advanced educational programs in science, technology, engineering, math and robotics, as well as other programs that help our students get into top colleges and high demand careers
- Keep our schools safe and classroom technology up-to-date
Dedication to the Future of Our Students and Our Community
Excellent schools contribute to the quality of our community and also help maintain our home values, making La Cañada a desirable place to live and raise families. To protect our excellent schools, the LCUSD Board of Education will be looking at options to renew this critical local funding source and will be holding open discussions over the coming months. Please feel free to reach out with questions and comments by phone at (818) 952-8381 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!