July 28, 2022
Happy summer! Yes, it is that time of the year—time to receive the annual welcome back letter from yours truly.
Over the summer, we replaced roofs at Adams and Dreizler. At Birney and Lincoln, we installed new MPR flooring. We also installed new artificial turf fields at Madison, Jefferson, and Beryl. We thank Maintenance and Operations team for their summer cleaning projects and getting schools and classrooms ready for the new school year.
Roofing and turf are not the only upgrades to our school sites. Over the last three months, RBUSD has installed 75-inch interactive, front-of-the-classroom monitors, replacing aging LCD projectors. This technology offers unparalleled viewing quality and clarity over traditional projectors. These monitors are much more than projection devices. They offer teachers the ability to bring in content from multiple sources, creating improved shared experiences that not only promote active learning, but increase student engagement. We thank the Instructional Technology department for their forward thinking and efforts to train all staff this fall.
For our elementary parents, the new school year will bring a new English/language arts curriculum. The Educational Services team will continue to work closely with our elementary teachers and principals to support this implementation process. This is indeed a heavy lift. Additionally, our high school begins the first year of implementing a later start time (8:30 a.m.) in accordance with Senate Bill 328. We are proud of our high school staff for taking advantage of this shift to implement weekly collaboration time. We thank them in advance for their hard work this school year.
We have a few new administrator faces as well as some familiar faces with new jobs and/or titles. Here they are:
- Dr. Suzanne Webb, Director at South Bay Adult School (from Manhattan Beach USD)
- Mr. Joshua Stern, Principal at Beryl Elementary (from Beverly Hills USD)
- Ms. Mira Baskaron, Principal at Washington Elementary (from Birney Elementary)
- Ms. Eileen Leckenby, Principal at Birney Elementary (from District Office)
- Mr. Marvin Brown, Principal at Lincoln Elementary (from RUHS)
- Ms. Brianne Nakayama, AP at RUHS (from Lincoln)
- Mr. Jeff Rosadini, AP at RUHS (from RUHS)
- Ms. Molly Lower, AP at RUHS (from Bishop Alemany High School)
- Mr. Grant Galotta, Coordinator of Special Education (from Chicago)
- Mr. Roy Lopez, Jr., Coordinator of Educational Services (from Centralia SD)
- Ms. Elyse Hertz, AP at Washington Elementary (from District Office)
These leaders above are committed to the RBUSD brand and, more importantly, the children they so proudly serve.
Regarding all-things COVID, we will send a letter to staff and parents/guardians the week before school begins to confirm the most recently updated Los Angeles County Department of Public Health protocols for schools. Please stay tuned for more information.
School safety is another area of re-focus for Team RBUSD. As a reminder, prior to COVID, I had assembled the Ensuring Safety Proactively (ESP) committee, composed of staff, parents, and law enforcement. The purpose of the ESP committee was to highlight and enhance RBUSD’s existing safety measures. We considered new ideas, new products, and new safety trainings. We embraced a number of new safety measures, several we implemented prior to the pandemic; some, we will implement in the weeks and months ahead. This was a significant discussion item at the Board of Education meeting on July 26, which you can watch at any time on our YouTube Channel.
As a reminder, the first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 17. I encourage students and parents/guardians to get to bed a little earlier the night before, as I am sure there will be a great deal of first-day energy.
On behalf of the Board of Education, we are excited about the 2022-23 school year. Thank you entrusting us with your child(ren).
Steven E. Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools
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