Santa Barbara Unified School District (SB Unified) is asking students, families, staff, and the community to voice their opinion on how the district spends State of California dollars for students through an annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) survey. The public is further invited to attend a LCAP community meeting on April 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at SB Unified’s District Office Board Room located at 720 Santa Barbara Street.
The LCAP community survey takes 4 minutes to share an opinion on what SB Unified should do for cultural proficiency, parent and student engagement, preparing for the 21st century, and early childhood education. The survey can be taken using a desktop computer, mobile cell phone or other smart device.
SB Unified’s LCAP is a three year plan comprised of five goals to meet the State’s priorities for public education. The State of California funds schools through a Local Control Funding Formula. SB Unified receives nearly $12 million in supplemental dollars from the State to improve outcomes for English learner (EL), foster youth, and low income students. The LCAP is designed to evaluate how the investment of the State funds are working to improve student outcomes.
SB Unified serves approximately 13,500 students in preschool to 12th grade within 18 schools. The district is comprised of students who are 60% Hispanic/Latinx, 33% White, 3% Asian, 1% Black/African American, and 0.4% American Indian or Alaska Native. Furthermore, it is made up of 54% low-income students, 20% English learners, 13% students with disabilities, and 13% homeless and foster youth.
Those curious to learn more about the LCAP are encouraged to attend the April 4, 2019 community meeting. SB Unified has also created an executive summary as well as a short presentation highlighting key aspects and progress of the plan.