Board Meeting Dates

October 13, 2016 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

November 10, 2016 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

December 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

January 12, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

February 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

March 09, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

April 06, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

May 04, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

June 01, 2017 - 6:30pm
     • Special Board Meeting

June 08, 2017 - 6:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

July 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

August 10, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

September 07, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

October 12, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

November 09, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

December 14, 2017 - 7:30pm
     • Regular Board Meeting

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                     President's Message


Happy New Year!  I am truly privileged to welcome everyone into this new calendar year as the Board President for the Bellflower Unified School District.  As Governing Board President, I am looking forward to continue the progression of “Excellence” for our students, parents, teachers and staff members. I am also pleased to be able to serve all three of our communities within the BUSD school boundaries. As we begin this new calendar year, let me highlight some important facts and outcomes that will continue to produce an exciting year for the students of BUSD.

Our District currently serves a student population of approximately 12,000 TK-12 students, within an eight square mile area in southeast Los Angeles County. It includes most of Bellflower, a large portion of Lakewood and a small portion of Cerritos. Several of our schools have been recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools, three have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools, two were acknowledged as Title I Achievement Schools, and we were also recognized as a Gold Ribbon School District. Somerset Continuation High School has recently received commendation as a California Model Continuation High School, and the growth within the districts Home Education/Independent Study Program and Early Childhood Education are remarkable.

Currently our California Advancing Pathways for Students (CalAPS) program dedicated to developing and providing quality career technical education for students, continues to grow with; 155 enrolled with 12 courses are currently offered- Firefighting occupations (2), entrepreneurship and innovation, health occupations (2), law enforcement 1, law enforcement 2 crime scene, culinary, film and video, LA Metro Fire Academy and Law Explorers. Additional spring courses will be: Careers in Education, Digital Photography, Web Design and Hotel/Hospitality for a total of 16 course offerings.

Some other exciting programs being offered this school year that as a Board we are very proud of are the Dual Language Program for Pre-School students at Washington Elementary, grade K-3 at the ILC, and Mandarin Enrichment classes for students attending the Home Education/Independent Study Program.

BUSD continues to offer quality programs and services within safe and clean facilities. It is because of the efforts of the certificated and classified staff that our classrooms are engaging and in well-kept condition for our students to enter each and every day.

Again this year, the Board of Education’s intention is to maintain a balanced budget and high quality programs and safe functional facilities. We are continually looking for ways to strengthen our services and support programs in order to improve student learning. As you may know, many of our school facilities have been in need of upgrades and improvements to keep pace with the “Standard of Excellence.” With the passage of Measure BB four years ago, I along with the Governing Board, have celebrated many improvements that continue to provide even higher levels of school learning environments for our children. Thank you for your support in passing such a valuable bond measure.

School campuses that are safe and orderly also continue to be a top priority for me and my board colleagues. This is seen with each of our schools having a comprehensive Safe School Plan that is updated annually, Anti-Bullying Themes, and Character Education Programs K-12. Each of these creates and sustains a positive and safe learning environment conducive to excellence. As Board President, I will also enforce a zero tolerance policy for drugs and weapons.

As we continue to implement the California Standards the Board and I will be actively involved with sustaining clear academic learning standards at every grade level, stronger curriculum guides, textbooks for every student, and having our teachers provide diverse learning fundamentals that will empower students to become active lifelong learners.  Our students are at the center of all of our decisions, goals, and strategic actions. The Board and I are focused on being student centered, and have high expectations for their academic success. We want every student to meet the “Standard of Excellence; Nothing Less.”

Sue ElHessen, Ed.D.
President, Board of Education

All Board of Education meetings are held in the Board Room of the District Administration Building, 16703 South Clark Avenue, Bellflower, California 90706.

Regular meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on selected Thursdays.

Special meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on selected Thursdays unless indicated otherwise on the calendar.

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BUSD School Board • 2016

Debbie Cuadros


Laura Sanchez-Ramirez
Vice President

Jerry Cleveland

Sue ElHessen, Ed.D.

Paul Helzer, D.C. PhD.

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Notice of Non-Discrimination:  Bellflower Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Parents/students who have questions or concerns about the policy can contact Tracy McSparren, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education & Student Support, Title IX and Equity Compliance Officer. (562) 866-9011 ext. 2030.

Aviso de no discriminación: El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Bellflower prohíbe discriminiación, hostigamiento, intimidación, y acoso a base de real a percibido antepasado, edad, color, discapacidad, género, identidad de género, expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza o grupo étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o asociació con una persona o grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Padres de familia/estudiantes que tengan preguntas o inquietudes sobre la política pueden comunicarse con Tracy McSparren, Asistente de Superintendente, Educación Especial y Apoyo Estudiantil, Oficial de Titulo IX y Cumplimiento de Equidad (562) 866-9011 Ext. 2030.

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