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Dr. Barry L. Kayrell, Superintendent
August 9, 2013
Welcome Back to School
It is with great anticipation that I take this opportunity to welcome everyone back as we prepare for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. I realize our summer vacation was a bit shorter this year due to the implementation of our new school calendar however I am confident once we all get used to it, it will be more beneficial to our students and families instructionally. I hope all of you had an opportunity to get some much needed down time and that you are refreshed and energized as we begin what I truly believe will be an exceptional school year.
For the first time in seven years, we are beginning our year with full restoration of furlough days, no layoff notices and a new state funding formula, the LCFF, which replaces the old revenue limit formula. We have already earmarked over $8.7 million to reinstate furlough days and salary rollbacks, supplement health and welfare costs, purchase textbooks and instructional materials and to assist in the implementation of the Common Core. Our enrollment remains flat but in the last two weeks we have seen some slight growth. As the economy gains momentum we should see more growth in our student enrollment. We are presently projected to reach the 21,078 student enrollment mark.
The other very exciting news is the implementation of the Three Year Common Core Plan. The plan begins with a dynamic new "Vision" that Hemet USD will educate the whole child by providing a world-class curriculum delivered through high quality, research based instruction and well prepared staff. This vision will be accomplished through:
These three components will be measured by increased graduation rates, students who are prepared to succeed in higher education and/or prepared to enter a competitive work force.
Needless to say, we have embarked on a very historic journey. For us to attain our goals it will require a collaborative effort from "ALL" our employees, our students and the greater Hemet Unified School District community. By working together and using our resources wisely, we can achieve our goals and effectuate positive change. I want to thank you in advance for all the wonderful things you do to make a positive difference in the lives of the young people we serve. I look forward to seeing you in the near future and wish all of you a safe and productive school year.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.