During the LCAP public hearing on June 7, 2018, the following questions were raised regarding the district’s plan to temporarily house SMART-E childcare in the Heather Multi-Use Room (MUR) during the 2018-2019 school year. In accordance with LCAP requirements, Interim Superintendent Doerpinghaus provided responses below.
Question: Is it in compliance with LCAP to use the MUR for SMART-E?
Answer: The LCAP provides a vehicle for stakeholder input regarding district priorities and the use of LCFF funding. While the LCAP considers facilities in support of a positive school climate and our Strategic Plan, it does not specify rules about how facilities are used. The district values community input during the LCAP process and throughout the school year, and we seek to build partnerships with parents. The questions raised during the public hearing will be included in the stakeholder input section of the LCAP.
Question: How can we come up with a solution that fits childcare needs and also our community needs?
Answer: Heather Principal, Pam Jasso, is working closely with district and SMART-E staff as well as school staff and parents to identify needs and mitigate impacts in order to ensure that current school and enrichment activities can continue in the 2018-2019 school year in support of a positive school climate, including the chess program, while also serving our families with childcare needs.
Question: Are we able to pause and keep things as status quo in order to get input from the community and consider creative solutions that suit the needs of everyone involved?
Answer: At this point, we are moving forward with the plan to use the Heather MUR for SMART-E in the 2018-2019 school year; however, Principal Jasso will continue to work with staff and parents to evaluate needs and options in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year.