Welcome back to another AMAZING! Year in the Benicia Unified School District.

An Amazing Start!: This is my fifth year as your superintendent and I am delighted to say we are off to a notably positive start. Each year begins with a gathering of all staff in the theater at Benicia High. During this time I share my thoughts for the year, we hear from our Board president, union leadership and Human Resources introduces new staff. The enthusiasm and positive energy expressed during the introduction of new staff was electric, heartwarming and inspiring. We also heard from Matt O’Reilly, our amazing Visual Arts teacher at Benicia High School, who was selected as the Teacher of the Year for all schools in Solano County!

Initiatives: We are excited about a number of key initiatives taking place throughout the district, some of which include: Measure S Bond and Proposition 39 energy savings projects; including the remodel project of our middle school, refurbished tennis courts at both the high and middle schools; upgrades to the high school theater, start of the modernization design process for Farmar Elementary School and replacement of HVAC and thermostat systems.  (For a more complete list of Measure S and Prop 39 projects, please click here.) 

On the learning side of the house, we continue to see enhancements in lesson design and delivery throughout the district, the selection of new instructional materials and most recently, implementation of the one-to-one technology plan at the high school. Each student was provided with a Chromebook at the start of the year that will be used as part of their overall educational experience. 

The Importance of Literacy: As a result of ongoing analysis of our student assessment data and research regarding the importance of reading proficiency, BUSD is placing an even greater focus on reading and literacy development. We are calling this a Wildly Important Goal which states: All students will read on grade level by the end of their third-grade year and beyond. 

In hearing this, one might say, hasn’t this always been the goal? The answer is definitely yes, but we are striving to pursue this wildly important goal with even greater urgency and commitment of resources. This exciting effort includes a partnership we are forging with the City of Benicia. For more information on the Benicia Reads Initiative, please click here.  

Transition to a New System of Electing Governing Board Members: I would like to encourage your participation in an important process led by the Benicia Unified School District Governing Board.

Starting on September 9, 2019, the District initiated the process of transitioning the method by which Governing Board members are elected.  Under the current “at-large” system, all registered voters in the District’s boundaries can vote for candidates for Board member seats. Under the new proposed system, candidates will be elected by “trustee areas.”  This means only voters within a given trustee area can vote for candidates who reside within that same area. The intent of this proposed system is to offer greater opportunities for Board representation for candidates that might not otherwise be elected under an at-large system.

Transitioning to this new system requires the Board to hold public hearings on proposed trustee area boundaries (or maps) prior to asking the Solano County Committee on School District Organization to approve the change. If the Committee approves the change, “by-trustee” area voting would be held starting with the 2020 general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Before the District prepares and presents draft map options, the law requires the District to hold two public hearings to solicit comments and feedback regarding potential trustee areas.  Thereafter, the District will be hosting a series of public hearings regarding the map options, once created. The dates/times and locations of the upcoming public hearings are noted below.  You are invited to attend as many as you would like.  If you cannot attend a hearing or meeting and wish to review and/or comment regarding potential trustee areas as well as on the proposed “trustee area” maps, once created, please do not hesitate to submit your comments and feedback to the email address below.  Following the initial public hearings, the proposed maps will be created and posted on the District’s web site, https://beniciaunified.org.

You may email any comments or questions to Georgina Martinez at gmartinez@beniciaunified.org.  You may also comment by telephone at (707)747-8300. I look forward to your participation.

 Public Hearings (Prior to the Creation of Map Options)

Date

Place

Time

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Public Hearing

District Office – Board Room

350 East K Street

Benicia, CA 94510

7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Public Hearing

District Office – Board Room

350 East K Street

Benicia, CA 94510

7:00 p.m.

 

Public Hearings (After Creation of Map Options)

Date

Place

Time

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Public Hearing

District Office – Board Room

350 East K Street

Benicia, CA 94510

7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Public Hearing

District Office – Board Room

350 East K Street

Benicia, CA 94510

7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Public Hearing

District Office – Board Room

350 East K Street

Benicia, CA 94510

7:00 p.m.

 

 Second Cup of Coffee with the Supt: Following are the dates, times and locations for my superintendent chats with parents. These chats are an opportunity for me to hear from you in an informal setting if you are available to attend and share your thoughts, ask questions, etc.:

September 18th  8:30 am – Joe Henderson
October 22nd at 8:30 am – Matthew Turner
November 13th 8:30 am – Robert Semple
December 10th 8:30 am – Mary Farmer
January 22nd  8:30 am- Benicia Middle School
March 10th 8:00 am – Benicia High School

It is an honor serving as your superintendent and I look forward to sharing more good news and updates as we progress throughout the school year.  

Sincerely,
Charles F. Young, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

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Non-Discrimination

District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or related recovery, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
The Title IX coordinator for BUSD is the Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Khushwinder Gill.  She can be reached at 707-747-8300 or by emailing TitleIX@beniciaunified.org.