A Year to Remember

By Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools

We have much to be proud of as we wrap up a productive and pivotal school year.

Our graduates are earning an impressive number of scholarships as they gain entry into prestigious colleges and universities.  Hundreds more students are taking college prep courses, and more are subsequently enrolling in college.

The nation and the world have noticed our schools’ successes.  U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post and Newsweek all have ranked several of our high schools among the nation’s best.  Earlier this year, an international study included our school district on a list of five of the world’s top performing school systems.

Not too long ago, all of this success was in jeopardy.  Last June we warned about the huge budget cuts that would occur unless voters approved Prop. 30.  Fortunately, voters came through in the clutch.  We appreciate their vote of confidence in our schools, which has helped to remove the specter of further, drastic cuts.  Instead we can now focus on more positive developments, like the opening of McBride High School this fall, and the implementation of rigorous Common Core state standards.

Hopefully a stabilized California budget will bring better years ahead.  In the meantime, our employees, parents and community should be proud of what our schools and students have accomplished during difficult times. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2013, and thank you to everyone who has supported our students’ achievements.