Great news! The Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) is thriving. Please allow me to share some of the evidence: Congratulations to our recent California Department of Education Gold Ribbon School recipients—Adams Middle School, Parras Middle School, and the finest high school in the South Bay, Redondo Union High School. This honor is bestowed upon high-achieving schools, and this year all of our secondary schools earned recognition. Also, Alta Vista Elementary School is a finalist for the National Blue Ribbon Award. We will keep our fingers crossed for Alta Vista.
Thank you to the Redondo Beach residents for passing Measure Q in 2012. Our students finished their first year with one-to-one technology, and, by all measurements, it was a success. What we learned is that our students are ready for technology starting in kindergarten. Additionally, our teachers indeed embraced this new learning tool. The days of students and staff having one hour of computer-lab learning are long gone. Welcome to the 21st century.
Redondo Union High School (RUHS) continues its excellence as our marquee school. At the helm of this school is Dr. Nicole Wesley, who continues to lead by example with an eye on the future. By the way, congratulations to our state CIF champions, the RUHS girls volleyball team. Hats off as well to the RUHS girls basketball team for their CIF championship.
Thank you to Redondo Beach Council PTA President Lisa Christensen for her two years of leadership. Ms. Christensen is constant in her deeds for the betterment of RBUSD students. Also, thanks to Ted Craddock, the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation President. He and his team raised over $1 million dollars this year!
Coming soon—new artificial turf at Adams Middle School and Alta Vista Elementary School. Again, thank you to the Redondo Beach residents for your support.
Redondo continues with its “green” focus in spite of the fact our favorite color is red—Redondo Union red. It’s not exclusively the solar panels at every school site that exhibit this fact; there are too many other details to share here. Please trust us when we say that RBUSD is minimizing its carbon footprint.
As for 2015—2016, the Board of Education will continue to lead the way in the South Bay. RBUSD will begin construction on new classrooms at Parras Middle School. Also, the Board of Education will continue to ensure that our ongoing state funding and RBUSD reserve provide for adequate maintenance of our facilities for decades to come. The community has been quite generous in supporting RBUSD schools and students. In return, we owe it to our taxpayers to maintain our facilities on a daily basis; we must protect this investment and honor your support.
Students graduating from RBUSD will make the world a better place. Our staff members and parents have worked tirelessly for these students to thrive, whether it’s in college or in the workplace. I’ve been in public education for 30 years now. This is what I’ve learned working in impoverished communities, middle- and upper-income communities, and various spots in between: School District A is better than School District B, not because of the students but because of the adults in that community. In this case, the adults are comprised of parents, staff members, community leaders, and residents. The adults in Redondo Beach make a genuine difference in the lives of its youth. The Board of Education and I thank you for your relentless care and support. Redondo Beach Unified School District is indeed reaching and realizing greatness, thanks to you.