The 2014–2015 school year has begun. If you are new to the school district, be excited. If you are returning to the school district, be excited!
After years of a deplorable state economy, our financial future is far more positive. I would like to personally thank our labor partners (Redondo Beach Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, and American Federation of Teachers), as well as our management/nonrepresented staff, and you, our parent community, for working with the Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) team during some painful economic woes. True leadership stands out in the face of adversity. The Great Recession highlighted our district’s belief that we must be hard on the problem and soft on the people. Today is better because of yesterday’s collaboration and trust in one another. We must also thank our PTA and the Redondo Beach Education Foundation (RBEF). These two stellar organizations continue to fight for increased funding locally and statewide, as well as advocating for each and every RBUSD student.
As you may already know, all third- through 12th-grade students will receive new netbook/laptop computers in the first few months of the school year. We will roll-out a pilot tablet program later this school year for kindergarten through second grade students. We hope to formally implement the tablet program in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, please check out RBEF’s Web site (www.rbef.org) and connect with your local PTA for more information about netbook covers and accessories.
Summer construction continues with new classrooms coming to Beryl Heights, Birney, and Madison Elementary Schools. Jefferson and Tulita Elementary Schools will soon see upgraded field/play areas. Adams Middle School will finally have a stage in its gym. For the first time in a long time, Redondo Union High School… has NO construction.
We have several new administrators to introduce. They are: Ms. Sue Hall, Principal of Shores High School/Alternative Education/School Attendance Review Board Coordinator (from RBUSD); Ms. Kristen Holm, Principal of Washington Elementary School (from Lawndale Elementary School District); Dr. Tanaz Farzad, Principal of Tulita Elementary School (from RBUSD); Dr. Oryla Wiedoeft, Principal of Jefferson Elementary School (from Los Angeles Unified School District); Ms. Robin Rau, Coordinator of Instructional Services (from RBUSD); and Ms. Raquel Dickert, Assistant Principal of Adams Middle School (from Hawthorne School District).
Welcome back and please enjoy the 2014-2015 school year!