JUNE 2017 Superintendent's Message
We have so many things to celebrate, including the success of all of our graduates, all 2,700 of them! Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend graduations at Mt. Carmel High School and at Design39Campus, with their first-ever 8th grade class. I know my fellow District leaders and our Board members also attended high school graduations and middle and elementary school promotions. It is in these moments when we realize the impact of all of our hard work and the importance of our mission of college and career readiness. As educators, these opportunities allow us to share in our students' successes and accomplishments. Also noteworthy is the fact that $84-million dollars in scholarships was offered to our students!
At the June 29th Board Meeting, PUSD adopted our Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP for 2017-18. I want to thank #TeamPUSD for your input in developing this roadmap for our continued success. We also adopted the 2017-18 proposed budget which includes the expenditures necessary to implement our LCAP. We must take a proactive, creative, and collaborative approach to working our way out of a multi-year “deficit” scenario. We will need to accomplish this work together, with our staff, employee associations, and our community. We will be forming a District Budget Advisory Committee this Fall to do just that. We will continue to balance our budgets while maintaining our high-quality educational programs for Poway students. I am confident PUSD can and will do what is best for our students, staff, and stakeholders.
I also want to extend a warm welcome to our #TeamPUSD leadership team: Jennifer Burks, Associate Superintendent of Technology and Innovation; Ron Little, Associate Superintendent of Business Support Services; Todd Cassen and Doug Johnson, Executive Directors in Learning Support Services; James Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Student Discipline; and Principals Marie Galaz, Eric Takeshita, and Alain Henry. You can read more about them in the article below. Welcome to #TeamPUSD and we are thrilled to have such talented and passionate educators joining us. We would like to congratulate our dear colleagues who have left PUSD for promotions and retirements.
While many of our campuses may seem to be quieter, staff are busy planning for the opening of the new school year. We also have many summer programs and projects underway: Youth Enrichment Programs, Extended School Year, Summer ESS, Professional Development, deep cleaning, construction and renovation projects, enrollment and registration, the list goes on. Thank you for your ongoing work in support of PUSD. Please enjoy these summer months and I look forward to welcoming you all back in August.
Marian Kim-Phelps, Ed.D.