RCSD’s “Planning for Our Future” Updates: Community Engagement
News from RCSD:
“Dear RCSD community,
This is a reminder that you are invited to a series of “Planning for Our Future” community forums that Redwood City School District will be hosting in the coming weeks seeking your feedback as the school district plans for its future–maintaining a healthy and responsible financial status with a focus on a high-quality education for all RCSD students.
The scheduled community forums are as follows:
- Monday, October 22, 6-8pm, McKinley Institute of Technology, Auditorium
- Thursday, October 25, 6-8pm, Taft Community School, Multi-use Building
At each forum RCSD Superintendent Dr. John Baker will make a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to add their feedback to the ideas generated by the Superintendent’s Advisory Council (SAC ideas). This input will be added in a written format using the “pros” and “cons” structure, which will be helpful to the Superintendent as he reviews the ideas. We encourage you to come ready to write down your feedback as it is important to RCSD to have your feedback as part of this process.
Please note that these are preliminary ideas based on an extensive review of data presented to the Superintendent’s Advisory Council including a parent and community survey, enrollment information such as where RCSD students from each school live, enrollment history, district enrollment projections, kindergarten registration and enrollment over time, Schools of Choice applications/enrollment over time, school transfer data, classrooms and capacity at each school site, financial information, an academic overview such as professional learning, instructional strategies, and the current state of the district such as academic gains, popular programs, and technology integration.
The school district wants and needs to gather formal input from all community members to better understand if a particular idea should be pursued and further analyzed. Once the superintendent has a better understanding of the needs of the RCSD community, he will then develop a comprehensive implementation plan with his formal recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
After these first two community forums, the RCSD leadership will have an opportunity to add to the “pros” and “cons” from the community and share any additional ideas. The superintendent will then review input from all stakeholders and prepare a draft of recommendations. The school district has scheduled two other locations to seek community feedback should there be any revisions after the first round of the community forums in October. This will be the final opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to provide input on the ideas under consideration:
- Thursday, November 1, 8:30-10:00 am, Hoover Community School, Cafeteria
- Thursday, November 1, 6-8 pm, Kennedy Middle School, Gym
Final recommendations will be voted on during the November 28 Board meeting.”