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Superintendent's Message

Lafayette School District

“Our students are creative thinkers and problem-solvers and are prepared to become responsible, ethical and productive citizens.”

 

Dear Lafayette Families and Community Members,

 

As many of you are aware, Lafayette K-8 schools today rank among the best in the state.  Our schools help define and shape the high quality of our community. Despite claims that California public schools are receiving more funds than ever, the Lafayette School District continues to be significantly underfunded by the state. As a result, our District must rely on local funding to close the budget deficit.

 

Protecting the local quality of education in this turbulent environment takes significant commitment and effort.  Our District said, “Yes” to a feasibility study, now underway, to investigate effective ways to enhance revenues, including exploring voter support for a parcel tax measure in 2018.  While we deeply appreciate the continued support from Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) and our Parent Organizations, it is not enough to maintain the outstanding quality of education that we value and that is part of every one of our schools.

 

The article California schools: Painful cuts around the corner, despite windfall provides a succinct explanation of the current State budget as well as information about the impact of Governor Brown’s proposed education budget for 2019-2020.  As you will read in this article, the state records $16,085 per school age child; however, the Lafayette School District receives less than $8,000 per student. Our cost to educate each student is over $11,000 and rising. How we fund that gap is an issue.  There are several upcoming opportunities for you to learn more about this growing concern and work together to identify potential solutions.

  • Education Forum: In budget discussion and presentations, many of you have expressed an overwhelming desire to obtain more information about the State budget and to better understand how monies are allocated to our schools. We have shared the critical need to work together with our elected officials to advocate for increased funding for our schools. To that end, we are convening an Education Forum on Thursday, February 8th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stanley Middle School Multi-Use Room, where you will have the unique opportunity to hear from Senator Steve Glazer (D-SD 7) and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-AD 16) about education issues. Also presenting will be Gerry Shelton, state budget expert and economist from Capitol Advisors, and Ryan Anderson, Legislative Analyst’s Office to share information about State funding and its impact on our District. We hope you will plan to attend this important meeting.
  • District Budget Presentations: I am also continuing to seek every opportunity to build a foundation of understanding about our budget. If you have any interest in joining a group of community members who are interested in learning more about the District’s budget, please feel free to contact me.
  • Lafayette School District Governing Board Meeting: The Governing Board will be discussing next steps with a possible parcel tax at a Special Session scheduled for Monday, February 12th in the Stanley Middle School Library. Parent, staff, and community input is always welcome.

While the economic outlook for funding California public schools is uncertain, I truly appreciate the support and interest from our local community to work together to preserve the high quality of our Lafayette schools.  

 

Very respectfully,

Rachel Zinn, Superintendent

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Superintendent's Messages 2017-2018

Superintendent's 2016-17 Messages

August 9, 2016 Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

November 2, 2016 Reflections and Updates

November 2016 Thanksgiving Message

December 2016 Holiday Message

January 2017 Measure C Update

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