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LCAP presented for parent input

It was an Evening with the Mustangs at Teresa Burke Elementary School for families to hear about the things happening in the Wasco Union Elementary School District. Assistant Superintendent Oscar Luna presented the Local Control Accountability Plan for them to provide feedback and input.

The Local Control Accountability Plan is the district's three-year guide for how it will use state Local Control Funding Formula funding to service all students.

The LCFF is California's formula for determining the level of state funding provided to school districts. The majority of funding is dedicated to improving academic outcomes for all students, with additional funding provided for English learners, foster youth and students living in poverty.

Luna said about his presentation, "I like to explain it in a simple manner and hear your feedback." He then shared a district overview highlighting key statistics showing there are 3,500 students (TK through 8th) in the WUESD, 95% are Hispanic, 93% are low-income, 36% are English learners, 580 employees, four elementary schools, two middle schools and one independent studies.

He said of the district's funding, "We have to detail how we are going to spend that money. We have $14 million this year [to be used for concentrated and supplemental funding, which can only go to low-income, English language learners, homeless or foster students. That's why we are here, so you can give us suggestions on how we can spend that money."

Belinda Martinez is a 5th-grade teacher, "Tonight is important because it gives the parents an opportunity to know what is happening at the school, learn about the different programs and gives them a chance to ask questions."

Parent Jesus Cordova said he attended to support his son and daughter. "I want to keep updated on how the school is operating for them and to see their future plans for their education."

Another parent, Alejandro Alvarez, added, "I'm here because I care about my children's future and want the best for them. I hope that with tonight's information, I will better understand the direction in which the district is headed with their education."

It was a festive event with a chicken dinner prepared by Principal Ellis, performances by the Wasco Bengal cheerleaders, raffle prizes and folkloric dancing by the Teresa Burke after-school dance club.

Dr. Ellis said the event served as an opportunity to forge closer ties with those involved. "It drives relationships and a stronger component of understanding. When relationships are established, you build stronger lines of communication and this only helps to drive more meaningful and impactful input/feedback."

Luna ended the evening by thanking the parents. "We value your opinion." In a statement afterward, he said, "Their input influences our plans, goals and initiatives."


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