Superintendent's Message


Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The California 2013-14 Budget Act and related legislation made significant changes to the public school funding system. The legislation introduced the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which simplifies the funding process and strengthens local accountability. Through the LCFF, districts receive funds based on local student demographics.   

An important component of the LCFF is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).  Districts, charter schools and county offices of education developed a plan that includes annual goals and actions to address eight State priorities and described the related budget to support the plan.  The priorities are grouped into three categories: Conditions for Learning, Engagement, and Pupil Outcomes. Each LCAP goal may include more than one priority.

During the 2013-14 school year, the Paramount Unified School District worked with its LCAP Consultation Committee to develop a plan, which was approved by our local School Board and later by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.  

The Paramount Unified School District identified four goals with actions to support the achievement of the goals.  As an update I would like to share our progress on two of our goals.  

Goal 1 - Support Academic Progress and Behavior

  • In support of our foster students we have added three Foster Youth College Aides, bringing the total to thirteen.
  • We now have Math Coaches for every K-5 school to support math instruction.
  • Physical Education and music teachers were hired to provide music, PE instruction and collaboration time for grade level teacher teams at the elementary level.
  • We are piloting at two schools a K-5 GATE program, with the intent to expand it to other schools.
  • Our schools were allocated funds to update technology to support instruction and the new on-line computer based state testing. We also hired computer lab aides for every school.

Goal 2: Creating a College Going Culture

  • Our plan provides for an expansion of our College and Career Center at PHS, and also provides for the addition of a College Center at PHS West.  We have hired dedicated College Counselors to staff each Center, which has been accompanied with additional training with an emphasis on expanding access for college entry for our students.
  • We have added new courses that include: Web Design/CTE Capstone Course at PHS, Expository Reading and Writing Course at PHS, AVID course at Jackson Middle School and Agile Mind Common Core Math 8 at all middle schools.

I invite you to visit our website to learn more about progress on Goal 3 (Implement Common Core Standards and Assessments) and Goal 4 (Provide Basic Services), as well as other important LCAP information.!

Herman M. Mendez
Superintendent 

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