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Dear BUSD Community, Parents, Students, Faculty and Support Staff,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I join our team of award-winning educators in the Bellflower Unified School District's mission to provide students with finest learning environments that prepare educated, productive young adults to meet the challenges of a global society in the 21st Century.
During my six-year tenure serving you and the communities of Bellflower, Lakewood, and Cerritos as Superintendent, I have discovered the pleasure of working with exceptionally talented students and colleagues who are committed to achieving innovative and meaningful progress together. I am proud to be a part of this organization and the BUSD communities. In preparing for this new school year, I want to extend my congratulations and gratitude to everyone who has made this District so progressive with attaining the "Standard of Excellence; Nothing Less." The District is currently a Gold Ribbon School District with seven elementary schools receiving Gold Ribbon status and all three high schools receiving the highest of WASC Accreditation status of six years.
BUSD's history and tradition of excellence is an important piece to acknowledge that our learning communities should be extremely proud of how our students are attaining academic excellence. Since the infusion of the new California Standards, we have also adapted quite well with a completely new state assessment system for student performance and progress. In addition, there are new funding formulas and accountability plans for public schools. Today, we are not the same school district we were just a few years ago. We are a District now that is truly locally controlled by our local plan and fiscal alignment to the Local Control Funding Formula. Both have had a direct impact for all of our students within each classroom.
BUSD is continuing to implement program refinements according to our long-range plan clearly outlined by the LCAP and 10 District Initiatives. New instructional programs added over the last three years include Dual Language Spanish for Kindergarten through fourth, Mandarin at the high school campuses, along with enriched GATE offering for students in grades four through six. The district has also added an additional counselor at Bellflower and Mayfair high schools to assist with the counselor to student ratio and the career and college readiness. I have also challenged BUSD faculty to continue to embrace continuous improvement in teaching practices by actively using data to make informed decisions about student learning.
My goal, as your Superintendent, is to ensure that the highest quality instruction is delivered daily, our campuses are safe, secure and well maintained, money is spent wisely, and that our Bellflower Unified School District graduates are successfully prepared to meet their college and/or career goals.
I encourage parents and community members to engage with the BUSD, and welcome opportunities to continue building partnerships that support the education of our children. I am confident that together we can succeed in preparing BUSD students to be 21st century learners, workers, and citizens.
Brian Jacobs, Ed.D.
About the Superintendent
Dr. Brian Jacobs joined BUSD as Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2011. Brian received his Doctorate in Education Administration from University of Santa Barbara in 1999. He is also a graduate of La Verne College earning a B.S., in Social Science and an M.A., Education Administration.
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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. Para información acerca de presentando una queja, oprima aquí para los procedimientos uniformes para presentar quejas. Para mas información visite: Departamento de Educación de los EU.
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