This is an exciting time for the students, families and staff of Fresno Unified as the district uses its Local Control Accountability Plan -- LCAP -- to target the highest-priority needs of students.
Through the LCAP, the district is investing $154 million to improve academic outcomes for all students, with additional resources for low-income students, foster youth and English learners. In Fresno Unified, that represents 88% of students.
The community has played a vital role in determining how Local Control Funding Formula funds are spent by participating in meetings and workshops held throughout the district to gather critical input from every corner and sector of Fresno.
Between November 2015 and this past May, the district held 73 LCAP meetings and workshops with more than 2,000 participants and more than 30,000 responses.
LCAP investments include maintaining the district's 24:1 student-to-teacher average in grades kindergarten to third; expanding the additional 30 minutes of additional instructional time to a total of 40 elementary schools; and adding more social-emotional supports at school sites.
The district is also committing ongoing funds of $12.7 million for English learners; offering Hmong as a foreign language; increasing school site allocations by $5 million; and improving safety with a uniformed police officer or a police chaplain at every school, new high definition cameras and LED lighting at all secondary schools.
Other investments include building new aquatic centers at McLane and Roosevelt high schools, completing efforts to provide new pools at all high schools; and investing $13 million for career technical education, including a new bus, a bus driver, and a route providing access to the expanded career pathways at Duncan Polytechnical High School.
To support these investments, the district we will be hiring 140 new teachers and classified employees while still balancing current and long-term fiscal responsibilities.